"The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew." In his first Apostolic Exhortation released November 26, 2013, Pope Francis wishes "to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come."
The main chapters of the Exhortation are on the following themes:
The Church’s missionary transformation;
The crisis of communal commitment;
The proclamation of the Gospel;
The social dimension of evangelization; and