Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has welcomed Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), on the call of holiness in today’s world, which was released by the Vatican yesterday, 10 April, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The new exhortation will be published in Ireland by Veritas and will be available in stores from this Friday 13 April.
Archbishop Martin said, ‘I welcome the publication today by Pope Francis of Gaudete et exsultate, an Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world. One of the great insights of the Second Vatican Council was its teaching on the universal call to holiness, something that is particularly evident in chapter 5 of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church. In his new publication Pope Francis has reinforced this essential teaching of Vatican II and reinterpreted it for the contemporary world. “My modest goal’ says Pope Francis in the Exhortation, “is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time.” In emphasising the centrality of holiness being found in following Jesus, the Holy Father also highlights the hallmarks associated with this following of the Lord.’
Archbishop Martin concluded, ‘The publication of today’s Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis is a great opportunity for all of us, lay, ordained and consecrated, to refocus our lives on what is the central point of our faith in Jesus.’
Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), is the third Apostolic Exhortation published by Pope Francis, following Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), published in November 2013, and Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), published in March 2016.
Veritas, the publishing agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and a leading religious publisher in Ireland, will publish the new Apostolic Exhortation in Ireland. Pre-orders are now available online on www.veritas.ie, and copies will be available in Veritas stores from this Friday 13 April, at the price of €4.99.
The full text of the new Apostolic Exhortation can be found on the Vatican website.