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Gaudete et Exsultate (‘Rejoice and be Glad’)

Author(s): Pope Francis

ISBN13: 9781847308566

Publisher: Veritas Publications

Extent: 80 pp

Binding: Paperback

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    ‘Walk before me, and be blameless,’ the Lord said to Abraham.

    In Gaudete et Exsultate (‘Rejoice and be Glad’), his third apostolic exhortation since becoming pontiff, Pope Francis invites Christians to contemplate the call to holiness in the contemporary world.

    In this important new document, Francis reminds readers that we are only truly living out our mission as Christians if we emulate the example set by the Gospels for ‘the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for others’. He also warns against the evils of a faith that is divorced from good deeds and explores our obligation to care for the marginalised and dispossessed with particular emphasis on the Beatitudes.

    Alongside chapters exploring ways in which we should embrace holiness in our day-to-day lives and recognise the various signs of holiness we observe in the world around us, Gaudete et Exsultate also explains how we can remain steadfast in adversity and, through the gifts of prayer and discernment, carry out ‘the mission to which [God] has called us, for the good of our brothers and sisters’.

  • Pope Francis


    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.

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