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The Church in the Teaching of Pope Francis
; Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
The article shows and analyses the vision of the Church of Pope Francis in four steps. The first step encompasses the first week of assuming the pontifical office during which almost all essential points of his view of the Church already came to the fore initially. The second step is related to the Apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium (2013) in which Pope Francis presents his view of the Church in a longer, peculiar, personal, and almost colloquial way and in a pastoral-kerigmatic style. The third step consists of the two Synods of Bishops (the Extraordinary one in 2014 and the Ordinary one in 2015), i.e. of the synodal journey on which Pope Francis summoned the Church to reflect on the call and mission of family in the Church and in the contemporary world and that found its resume in the Post-synodal exhortation on love in the family, Amoris laetitia (2016). Finally, the fourth step is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, announced in the papal bull Misericordiae vultus (2015). There are not exactly four successive steps, but only conditionally discernable four phases that, in various ways and in various occasions, emphasise, repeat, and intertwine the same or similar topics, messages, images, and models from the Gospel. These are pointing to and summoning the need for pastoral and missionary transformation that would make the work of evangelisation in the contemporary world more efficient, faithful, and entirely closer to God’s plan of mercy revealed in Jesus Christ and that would make the Church the Father’s home that is always open and where there is room for everyone with their burdens of life.
Church; evangelisation; journey; mercy; the poor; family; missionary enthusiasm; joy.
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