A link to Amoris Laetitia, the new Apostolic Exhortation

Here’s a link to the recently released Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, issued by Pope Francis:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia_en.pdf

FYI, an apostolic exhortation is one of the many types communication from the Pope. The purpose is to encourage the Church to undertake a particular activity but does not explicitly define Church doctrine. It is considered lower in formal authority than a papal encyclical.

Apostolic exhortations are commonly issued in response to an assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in which case they are known as post-synodal apostolic exhortations.

For a quick examination of the various types of papal documents, try this link:

https://www.ewtn.com/HolySee/pontiff/categories.asp#exhortation

 

 

 

 

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