Veritas, the publishing agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and a leading religious publisher in Ireland, will publish Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family.
This important document, launched today in Rome, reflects on the role of marriage and the family in the life of the Catholic Church around the world. The Apostolic Exhortation is expected to be available from all nine Veritas stores and on www.veritas.ie from 18 April next. Recent publications from Pope Francis continue to be in great demand by customers of Veritas. In 2013 Veritas published Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), which to date has sold over 23,000 copies. In 2015 Veritas published Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on care for our common home Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You), which has sold over 15,000 copies in Ireland .
Welcoming the new publication, the director of Veritas, Ms Maura Hyland said, “We expect to see a similar high demand from Irish customers for copies of Amoris Laetitia in order that they can read directly for themselves the words of Pope Francis on marriage and family.”
Notes to Editors
- An Apostolic Exhortation is a formal reflection issued by a Pope following a Synod of Bishops. Last October in Rome Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin attended the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme, ‘The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World’, and this followed an Extraordinary Synod in 2014 which was themed, ‘The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangalisation’. Both synods involved the participation of Synod Fathers from 190 countries. At the 2015 synod Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was elected as Rapporteur of the second of four English-speaking groups and Archbishop Eamon Martin was elected as Moderator of the third of the four English-speaking groups.
- The Catholic Church in Ireland is now preparing for the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin in 2018. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin attended the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last September. Held every three years, and coordinated by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the largest gathering of Catholic families and it celebrates family life and the Church’s commitment to support families.
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