The second Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis: Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family has been issued today. This is a follow on from the Synod of Bishops.
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In Ireland, as around the world, publications by Pope Francis are very popular. Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), published in 2013, has to date sold over 23,000 copies in Ireland. In 2015 Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on care for our common home Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To You) was published and has sold over 15,000 copies in Ireland.
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.