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Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family.
In his much-anticipated Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis focuses on the integral place of the family in society.
Consolidating the results of the two synods on the family convoked by Francis in 2014 and 2015, Amoris Laetitia is a characteristically insightful and compassionate document that will offer comfort and guidance to Christian families struggling with both the spiritual and economic challenges of the contemporary world.
With chapters ranging from the 'The Experiences and Challenges of Families', to 'The Education of Children' and 'The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family', Amoris Laetitia is a timely and considered work that takes a decidedly sympathetic approach to the family, a cornerstone of Christianity.
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.
Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.