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Canon law top dog argues for Joy of Love

VATICAN (SE): In a booklet launched on February 14 directly addressing the controversial Chapter Eight of Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), penned at the conclusion of the 2016 Synod of Bishops on Marriage and Family Life, Francisco Cardinal Coccopalmerio sets out to effectively break down barriers that may exist between doctrine and pastoral ministry.

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This is not a top down Church

HONG KONG (SE): In a wide-ranging conversation about secularism, war, fundamentalism and his latest apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis spoke about the role and purpose of synodality in the Church, saying that he is not there to dictate, but to listen to local Churches, harmonise them and to discern.

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Pope harsh on self-interest critics

HONG KONG (SE): “Following the publication of your apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), theologians and scholars have proposed interpretations that are not only divergent, but also conflicting,” a letter to Pope Francis under the title, Seeking Clarity: A plea to untie the knots in Amoris Laetitia, and signed by four cardinals begins.

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Pope Francis calls the family an opportunity not a problem

On 4 April 2016, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gave an interview to the French Catholic newspaper, Crux, in which he ventured a guess at what Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), was going to be about.

He predicted it would be about marriage and not divorce. Now that the document is public, one can easily see that he was right. 








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Pope gives a new slant on facing difficulties

Several weeks ago Walter Cardinal Kasper predicted that Pope Francis’ much-awaited document on the family would be the beginning of the biggest reform in 1,700 years.

He probably jumped the gun. But then again, it all depends which of those words you stress—beginning, biggest or reform.








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Education is part of pastoral care

HONG KONG (UCAN): Leaders in the Church around eastern Asia are saying they are happy that the exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) is affirming of Church teaching on marriage and the family, while at the same time pointing to the need for change in the way pastoral care is understood.

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Frustration with annulment

HONG KONG (UCAN): Despite finding comfort in the latest apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), a divorced and remarried Catholic in Hong Kong said she has lost faith in the Church hierarchy and would not seek its help anymore in resolving the issue of her divorce after two failed attempts.








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Mercy does not have to wait for guidelines

MANILA (UCAN): “Mercy cannot wait. Mercy should not wait,” the Philippine bishops said in response to the exhortation of Pope Francis, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), released at the Vatican on April 8.

In a pastoral letter issued on April 10, the bishops said that even before they can come up with concrete guidelines on the implementation of the exhortation, everybody must open welcoming arms to those who have kept themselves out of the Church.

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Pope speaks on family life

VATICAN (SE): The long awaited apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis following the Synod on Marriage and the Family that ran over two sessions in 2014 and 2015 was released on April 8 at the Vatican.

Titled, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), the text has been described as poetic and eloquent, with some even saying that it has the qualities of a hymn.

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