(Vatican City) – The new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis “Gaudete et exultate” on the “call to holiness in the contemporary world” was presented today at the Vatican. It is a document in five chapters and 177 paragraphs that invites to be saints today. Holiness – says the Pope – is not a call for the few but is a way for everyone, to live in everyday life: “The Lord asks for everything, and what he offers is true life, happiness. He wants us to be saints and does not expect us to settle for a mediocre, watered down, inconsistent existence”, writes Francis.
“God is eternal newness. He impels us constantly to set out anew, to pass beyond what is familiar, to the fringes and beyond. He takes us to where humanity is most wounded, where men and women, beneath the appearance of a shallow conformity, continue to seek an answer to the question of life’s meaning.” (GE, 135)
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APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS