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ABSTRACTEvangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, 2013 APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL IN TODAY’S WORLD     INDEX   I. A JOY EVER NEW, A JOY WHICH IS SHARED [2-8] II. THE DELIGHTFUL AND COMFORTING JOY OF EVANGELIZING [9-13] Eternal newness [11-13] III. THE NEW EVANGELIZATION FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF THE FAITH [14-18] The scope and limits of this Exhortation [16-18] CHAPTER ONE THE CHURCH’S MISSIONARY TRANSFORMATION [19] I. A CHURCH WHICH GOES FORTH [20-24] Taking the first step, being involved and supportive, bearing fruit and rejoicing [24] II. PASTORAL ACTIVITY AND CONVERSION [25-33] An ecclesial renewal which cannot be deferred [27-33] III. FROM THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL [34-39] IV. A MISSION EMBODIED WITHIN HUMAN LIMITS [40-45] V. A MOTHER WITH AN OPEN HEART [46-49] CHAPTER TWO AMID THE CRISIS OF COMMUNAL COMMITMENT [50-51] I. SOME CHALLENGES OF TODAY’S WORLD [52-75] No to an economy of exclusion [53-54] No to the new idolatry of money [55-56] No to a financial system which rules rather than serves [57-58] No to the inequality which spawns violence [59-60] Some cultural challenges [61-67] Challenges to inculturating the faith [68-70] Challenges from urban cultures [71-75] II. TEMPTATIONS FACED BY PASTORAL WORKERS [76-109] Yes to the challenge of a missionary spirituality [78-80] No to selfishness and spiritual sloth [81-83] No to a sterile pessimism [84-86] Yes to the new relationships brought by Christ [87-92] No to spiritual worldliness [93-97] No to warring among ourselves [98-101] Other ecclesial challenges [102-109] CHAPTER THREE THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL [110] I. THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF GOD PROCLAIMS THE GOSPEL [111-134] A people for everyone [112-114] A people of many faces [115-118] We are all missionary disciples [119-121] The evangelizing power of popular piety [122-126] Person to person [127-129] Charisms at the service of a communion which evangelizes [130-131] Culture, thought and education [132-134] II. THE HOMILY [135-144] The liturgical context [137-138] A mother’s conversation [139-141] Words which set hearts on fire [142-144] III. PREPARING TO PREACH [145-159] Reverence for truth [146-148] Personalizing the word [149-151] Spiritual reading [152-153] An ear to the people [154-155] Homiletic resources [156-159] IV. EVANGELIZATION AND THE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE KERYGMA [160- 175] Kerygmatic and mystagogical catechesis [163-168] Personal accompaniment in processes of growth [169-173] Centred on the word of God [174-175] CHAPTER FOUR THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF EVANGELIZATION [176] I. COMMUNAL AND SOCIETAL REPERCUSSIONS OF THE KERYGMA [177-185] Confession of faith and commitment to society [178-179] The kingdom and its challenge [180-181] The Church’s teaching on social questions [182-185] II. THE INCLUSION OF THE POOR IN SOCIETY [186-216] In union with God, we hear a plea [187-192] Fidelity to the Gospel, lest we run in vain [193-196] The special place of the poor in God’s people [197-201] The economy and the distribution of income [202-208] Concern for the vulnerable [209-216] III. THE COMMON GOOD AND PEACE IN SOCIETY [217-237] Time is greater than space [222-225] Unity prevails over conflict [226-230] Realities are more important than ideas [231-233] The whole is greater than the part [234-237] IV. SOCIAL DIALOGUE AS A CONTRIBUTION TO PEACE [238-258] Dialogue between faith, reason and science [242-243] Ecumenical dialogue [244-246] Relations with Judaism [247-249] Interreligious dialogue [250-254] Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom [255-258] CHAPTER FIVE SPIRIT-FILLED EVANGELIZERS [259-261] I. REASONS FOR A RENEWED MISSIONARY IMPULSE [262-283] Personal encounter with the saving love of Jesus [264-267] The spiritual savour of being a people [268-274] The mysterious working of the risen Christ and his Spirit [275-280] The missionary power of intercessory prayer [281-283] II. MARY, MOTHER OF EVANGELIZATION [284-288] Jesus’ gift to his people [285-286] Star of the new evangelization [287-288] 1. THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come. I. A JOY EVER NEW, A JOY WHICH IS SHARED 2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for oth.......