The Joy of Love

Pope Francis has finalised the intense two-year process of the Synod on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and contemporary World with the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation: Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love”. The purpose and approach of the Synod was pastoral, recognising that the Church can do more to help and support marriage and the family in their joys and sufferings. Aware that countless challenges face families today, this document expresses hope and faith in families, and is written in a spirit of encouragement and accompaniment by the pastors of the Church.

Picture of pope's documentCatholic teaching as such doesn’t change, but adapts its expression to be more fully understood within the cultural changes that occur throughout history and society. In his final speech to the Synod Pope Francis said: “The Synod was not about settling all the issues having to do with the family, but rather attempting to see them in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s tradition and two-thousand-year history, bringing the joy of hope without falling into a facile repetition of what is obvious or has already been said.”


The document has an introduction and nine chapters. Our faith communities will be looking at each of these in turn: pre-reading relevant paragraphs of the pope's document.
Below are links to the questions posed and the answers given by our cluster to each of these sections.

Introduction and Chapter 1   Chapter 2