Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 02:02 am
Pope Francis' new document on the "joy" of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the gospel in today's world, several Catholic commentators note.
"Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ," Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. 26.
"It's a wide-ranging document, one that deals with everything from better Sunday homilies to the broadening gap between rich and poor."
The Pope's 85-page document, "The Joy of the Gospel," was released Nov. 26. Also known as "Evangelii Gaudium," the apostolic exhortation follows the 2012 bishops' synod on the new evangelization, which was held as part of the Year of Faith.