07 March 2018, The Tablet

Singing the hymn of existence: Francis' joy


The face of Pope Francis, the best known in the world, is nearly always filled with joy and so it is fitting that his first apostolic exhortation should be called The Joy of the Gospel. In a homily he gave on 23 May 2016, he says: “The identity card of a Christian is their joy, the joy of the Gospel … In the crosses and sufferings of this life, Christians live that joy, expressing it in another way, with the peace that comes from the assurance that Jesus accompanies us, that he is with us.” We cannot preach the Gospel”, he writes in that first apostolic exhortation, if we are “sourpusses” (Evangelii Gaudium 85).


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