Pope Francis’ much anticipated papal document Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family was released on Friday 8 April 2016.
The release of the document also known as an Apostolic Exhortation comes off the back of a two year preparatory process undertaken by Pope Francis and bishops from around the world.
In both 2014 and 2015 close to 200 bishops travelled to Rome to represent their diocese at the Vatican hosted Synod of Bishops.
The 2014 Extraordinary Synod was held to facilitate preparation for the Ordinary Synod last October. The theme of the Ordinary Synod in 2015 was: The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world.
Amoris Laetitia is the concluding document of the synod process which discussed the beauty and challenges of family life today.
Issues addressed in the papal document include:
• The Challenge of Disability in Families
• The Role of Women
• The Indissolubility of Marriage
• The Integration of Divorced and Civilly Remarried Persons in the Christian Community
• Caring for “Wounded Families” (Separated, Divorced and Not Remarried, Divorced and Remarried and Single-Parent Families).