Evangelii gaudium

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Evangelii gaudium ( "joy of the Gospel" or "joy of the Gospel") is the first Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis . It was promulgated on November 24, 2013 and has the subtitle: On proclaiming the gospel in today's world .

Origin connection with the year of faith

With the Apostolic Letter Porta fidei of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced. (2005–2012) for 2012 a year of faith in. During this time "faith should be given more thought to help all who believe in Christ become more conscious and stronger in their acceptance of the gospel, especially in a moment of profound change such as humanity is currently experiencing." . The Synod of Bishops met in October 2012 for its 13th Ordinary General Assembly in Rome and had the motto “New Evangelization for the transmission of the Faith” (cf. No. 14), as it had already been announced in Porta fidei .

The Year of Faith ended on November 24, 2013 with a closing event in Rome, at the same time Pope Francis published the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium and thus presented an exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world.

Question and intention

With his reflections on the proclamation of the Gospel in the world today, Pope Francis follows on from the references and criticisms he has made in the past and intends to give clergy , consecrated persons and lay people food for thought about the state of the world, the Catholic Church and to give to preach the gospel.

He explains that the apostolic letter corresponds to the wishes of the participants in the Synod of Bishops (EG [Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter] No. 16). As a result, it can also be viewed as a “Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation”. The following questions should be dealt with in detail (EC No. 17):

  • The reform of the church in missionary departure
  • The temptations of pastoral workers
  • The Church, understood as the totality of God's evangelizing people
  • The sermon and its preparation
  • Social inclusion of the poor
  • Peace and social dialogue
  • The spiritual motives for missionary work

These questions would essentially provide important impulses. The Pope avoids direct instructions or orders. He cuts the subject areas, explains their meaning and passes the possible solutions on to the addressees. In the subsection, "Purpose and Limitations of This Letter", he explains that it is inappropriate for the Pope to replace the local bishops in assessing all issues that arose in their areas. In this sense he feels "the need to move forward in a healthy 'decentralization'". (EC No. 16)


The letter consists of an introduction and five parts, which are followed by other chapters. The individual blocks are provided with an ordinal number.

Introduction: The Joy of the Gospel

I. Joy that is renewed and communicated [2–8]

II. The heartfelt and comforting joy of proclaiming the Gospel [9-10]

Eternal novelty [11–13]

III. The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith [14–15]

Purpose and limitations of this letter [16–18]

First Chapter: The Missionary Transformation of the Church

The missionary transformation of the church [19]

I. A Church “on the move” [20–23]

Take the initiative, get involved, accompany, bear fruit and celebrate [24]

II. Pastoral care in realignment [25–26]

A church renewal that cannot be postponed [27–33]

III. From the heart of the gospel [34–39]

IV. The mission that takes shape in human limitations [40–45]

V. A mother with an open heart [46–49]

Chapter Two: In the Crisis of Community Commitment

In the crisis of community engagement [50–51]

I. Some challenges facing today's world [52]

No to an economy of exclusion [53–54]
No to the new deification of money [55–56]
No to money that rules instead of serving [57–58]
No to the social inequality that creates violence [59–60]
Some cultural challenges [61–66]
Challenges of Inculturation of Faith [67–70]
Challenges of urban cultures [71–75]

II. Temptations of those involved in pastoral care [76–77]

Yes to the challenge of a missionary spirituality [78–80]
No to selfish indolence [81–83]
No to sterile pessimism [84–86]
Yes to the new relationships formed by Jesus Christ [87–92]
No to spiritual worldliness [93–97]
No to war between us [98-101]
Further Church Challenges [102–109]

Third chapter: the proclamation of the gospel

The proclamation of the gospel [110]

I. All the people of God preach the Gospel [111]

One people for all [112–114]
A people of many faces [115–118]
We are all missionary disciples [119–121]
The evangelizing power of popular piety [122–126]
From person to person [127–129]
Charisms in the service of the evangelizing community [130-131]
The world of culture, thought, and education [123-134]

II. The Homily [135-136]

The liturgical context [137-138]
A mother's conversation [139–141]
Words That Ignite Hearts [142–144]

III. Preparing for the Sermon [145]

The Service of Truth [146-148]
Personal use of the word [149–151]
The Spiritual Reading [152–153]
An ear to the people [154–155]
Educational resources [156–159]

IV. An evangelization to deepen the kerygma [160–162]

A kerygmatic and mystagogical catechesis [163–168]
Personal accompaniment of the growth processes [169–173]
Oriented towards the Word of God [174-175]

Chapter Four: The Social Dimension of Evangelization

The social dimension of evangelization [176]

I. The community and social effects of the kerygma [177]

Confession of Faith and Social Responsibility [178–179]
The kingdom that calls us [180-181]
Church Doctrine on Social Questions [182–185]

II. The social integration of the poor [186]

Together with God we hear a cry [187–193]
Faithfulness to the Gospel so as not to run in vain [194–196]
The Preferred Place of the Poor in God's People [197–201]
Economy and distribution of income [202–208]
Taking care of the weak [209–216]

III. The common good and social peace [217–221]

Time is worth more than space [222–225]
The unity weighs more than the conflict [226–230]
Reality is more important than the idea [231–233]
The whole is superordinate to the part [234–237]

IV. Social dialogue as a contribution to peace [238–241]

The dialogue between faith, reason and the sciences [242–243]
The ecumenical dialogue [244–246]
Relations with Judaism [247–249]
The interreligious dialogue [250–254]
Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom [255–258]

Fifth Chapter: Evangelizers with Spirit

Evangelizers with Spirit [259–261]

I. Motivations for a new missionary swing [262–263]

The personal encounter with the saving love of Jesus [264–267]
The spiritual pleasure of being a people [268–274]
The mysterious work of the risen One and his spirit [275–280]
The missionary power of intercessory prayer [281–283]

II. Mary, mother of evangelization [284]

A gift from Jesus to his people [285–286]
The star of the new evangelization [287–288]


In his first appreciation of the Apostolic Letter, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Archbishop of Freiburg and then Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference ) said:

"With an impressive analysis of the current situation, Pope Francis presents us, in clear and refreshing language, with a spiritual development of what it means to dare a new departure as churches."

- Robert Zollitsch

Media response (selection)

  • Impressive analysis , Catholic Church in Germany, kathisch.de (November 26, 2013) [1]
  • Franziskus' reform plans , tagesschau.de (as of November 26, 2013 6:14 pm) [2]
  • Papal letter "Evangelii Gaudium": Francis wants to completely reform the church , mirror online panorama (November 26, 2013 - 12:41 pm) [3]
  • The Pope's Dream , stern.de, (November 27, 2013, 7:17 am) [4]
  • Pope Francis: More Rooms for Women in the Church , RP online (November 26, 2013, 12:45 p.m.) [5]
  • Pope criticism: "Economic system in its roots unjust" , Handelsblatt (November 26, 2013, 12:11 pm, updated November 26, 2013, 2:32 pm) [6]
  • Pope lets new reality appear , the time, November 27, 2013 [7]
  • Pope Francis wants to fundamentally reform the church , Badische Zeitung, December 29, 2013 [8]


On behalf of the Diocese of Limburg , Peter Reulein wrote the music for the oratorio Laudato si '- a Franciscan Magnificat to the libretto by Helmut Schlegel . This work is based on the Latin version of the Magnificat and includes texts from Evangelii gaudium . The first performance of the oratorio took place on November 6, 2016 in Limburg Cathedral .

Text output

Printed editions

  • The good news of Jesus , Evangelii Gaudium, Verlag St. Benno, 184 pages, 11 × 19 cm, bound, ISBN 978-3-746-24080-0
  • The Joy of the Gospel , Verlag Herder, 320 pages, 12 × 19 cm, paperback, ISBN 978-3-451-33492-4
  • Apostolic Letter EVANGELII GAUDIUM of the Holy Father Pope Francis , Secretariat of the German Bishops' Conference (Ed.), Bonn 2013, 196 pp.

Online edition and summaries

See also


  • Klaus Krämer and Klaus Vellguth (eds.): Evangelii gaudium - Voices of the World Church (ThEW 7), Freiburg, 2015.
  • Martin Obermeyer: The spirit is out of the bottle: Statement on the exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium' by Pope Francis. In: VKRG-inform: Members' magazine of the Association of Catholic Religious Teachers and Community Officers in Church Service (VKRG) . Vol. 24 (2014) issue 2, p. 24.

Individual evidence

  1. see: Porta fidei , No. 8 Apostolic letter in the form of a motu proprio, Porta fidei from Pope Benedict XVI. with which the year of faith is proclaimed on vatican.va
  2. Robert Zollitsch: Apostolic Letter "Evangelii gaudium" from Pope Francis - first appreciation of Archbishop Dr. Robert Zollitsch. German Bishops' Conference (press release No. 206), November 26, 2013, accessed on January 9, 2014 .
  3. ^ Editing of the Franziskaner: Oratorio Laudato si '- world premiere . Ed .: Provincialate of the German Franciscan Province. Autumn. meinhardt publishing house and agency, Idstein 2016, p. 4 .
  4. Pontifical Mass and Festival Concert - Church Music Department in the Diocese of Limburg celebrates its 50th birthday. Diocese of Limburg , October 25, 2016, archived from the original on November 6, 2016 ; accessed on November 6, 2016 .