Amoris Laetitia

On April 8, 2016 the Holy Father released his latest Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family) which is based on the work of the Synods held in October of both 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Download and read the full text here:

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Read a chapter summary of the text here:


Watch our recent webinar

The Center for Marriage, Family, and Life hosted a live webinar on Thursday, April 14 to step through the highlights of the document and have a conversation with Father Wayne Ball, J.C.L. who is one of the Canon lawyers and a judge in the Diocesan Tribunal. If you missed this 30-minute webinar you can view the recorded session below.


Bishop Robert Barron offers an insightful and even-handed overview with his initial reflections on the document. Read it here. 

The Catholic News Agency featured an interview with two professors from the John Paul II Institute and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where they offer some scholarly commentary on the document. Read the article here.

Additional Resources

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ catechesis on the family

In Pope Francis’ weekly audiences over the past year he has been reflecting on various aspects of the family. For your convenience, twelve excerpts have been prepared from those audience which help to frame a better understanding of the new Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Read them here.

Excerpts from Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

The teachings of Saint John Paul II on the theology of the body and the language of the body served as important sources for shaping Amoris Laetitia. Read the source material here.

USCCB live-stream event

Additionally, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted a live-streamed media event with Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, DD, Most Reverend Richard Malone, and Professor Helen Alvaré. If you missed the live event you can view the recording here.

Resources in Spanish

El viernes 8 de abril a las 9:30 am (GMT) u 11.30 (CET, de Roma, la conferencia de prensa se podrá seguir en directo streaming audio-vídeo en el sitio: (Vatican Player de Radio Vaticana), donde permanecerá disponible on demand. El sonido original es italiano, pero hay traducciones simultáneas en inglés y español.