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Living Our Faith — ‘The Joy of Love’ — Following Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’

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Why would couples and families spend time with “The Joy of Love”? One reason is that it shares countless points of concrete, practical advice for “building sound and fruitful homes.”

Furthermore, the pope’s kindness toward families is always apparent here.

A journalist takes photos of copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), during the document's release at the Vatican April 8. In this document he enters into a conversation with families, as well as with the church at large and the many pastoral ministers serving couples and families.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
A journalist takes photos of copies of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), during the document’s release at the Vatican April 8. In this document he enters into a conversation with families, as well as with the church at large and the many pastoral ministers serving couples and families. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If, on the one hand, he affirms that a family’s continued growth in love “is a never-ending vocation,” he also cautions against “judging harshly those who live in situations of frailty.”