Veritas, the publisher of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, will stock Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love On Love in the Family) in its shops from this Monday, 18 April 2016. The selling price is €4.99, and £3.75 sterling. Since its launch last Friday, Veritas has received advance orders for 1,064 copies.
This important document, launched last Friday in Rome, reflects on the role of marriage and the family in the life of the Catholic Church around the world. 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.
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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