The Marriage and Family Life Commission from the Diocese of East Anglia has welcomed with great joy the publication of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation; Amoris Laetitia.

Commission member, Chris Braithwaite, said: “This marks the culmination of the two-year Synod process, which began with the questionnaire on family life distributed across the country by the Bishops’ conference.

“Amoris Laetitia, which means ‘the joy of love’ is a wonderful explanation and reflection on the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and the family.

“Drawing on Scripture and Catholic tradition, the Holy Father explores the meaning of love and how, through growing in understanding and mercy, it can overcome the difficulties and challenges that are encountered as we journey through life.

“We will be publishing excerpts from the exhortation over the coming weeks, but encourage everyone to read it in full. Indeed, as Pope Francis suggests: ‘…I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text.  The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate, will come if each part is read patiently and carefully’.”

“No family drops from Heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.”

Amoris Laetitia

Below, Bishop Peter Doyle, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life, talks about the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love.



You can download the full text of Amoris Laetitia, the official summary of the document and a simple Q&A document from the Holy See.

Use the links below to download or those to the right of this article.

Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love 1.12 MB

Summary: Amoris Laetitia 229.87 kB

Q & A: Amoris Laetitia 441.83 kB