By Francis DeBernardo April 1, 2016 New Ways Ministry Bondings 2.0
In one week from today, the long-awaited document from Pope Francis which will summarize the 2014 and 2015 Vatican synods on the family and offer his direction for pastoral practice will be released on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 12 noon, Rome time (6:00 a.m. for the U.S. east coast). The Vatican announced the release date of the document, known as an apostolic exhortation, yesterday, according to a news story in The National Catholic Reporter..
And with the countdown comes the million-dollar question: What will Francis say in the document? Catholic prognosticators have been making guesses almost since the second synod closed at the end of October 2015. As Joshua McElwee of The National Catholic Reporter noted that about the only details we know are the length of the document and the date it was signed by Francis:
“Information about the exhortation has been scarce. Several reports have indicated it is rather lengthy, perhaps even as long as 200 pages. The pope is reported to have formally signed the document March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph and the day marking the inauguration of his papal ministry in 2013.”
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