November 25, 2013

The Vatican will publish Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation Nov. 26, two days after he formally delivers it to the Church at a Mass concluding the 2012-13 Year of Faith.

Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is expected to take into account the October 2012 synod on the new evangelization, held at the beginning of the Year of Faith.

However, last June, Pope Francis told the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops that he would not be working from their draft.

Instead, the pope said, he planned to write an “exhortation on evangelization in general and, within it, refer to the synod,” in order to “take everything from the synod but put it in a wider framework.”