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Pope Francis wants us fully alive

· Comments on Evangelii gaudium from the international press ·

"A person who is not convinced, enthusiastic, confident and in love, is not going to convince anyone. In order to evangelize, the Pope points first and foremost to a contagious joy”. Commenting on Evangelii gaudium in La Croix ,

Sebastien Maillard emphasized its invitation to joy. “At the heart of his apostolic exhortation made public on Tuesday 26 November in Rome he summarizes what it seeks to achieve”.

In Dominique Greiner's editorial Une Église hors-les-murs, published in the same newspaper, he writes: “When he forcefully denounces the defects of the present world, such as the economy 'that kills' by causing exclusion and social inequality, Francis does so in the conviction that the Church has a primary role to assume in pointing out a path toward authentic happiness and a joy, which many people seek to attain but do not find”.

In Corriere della Sera , Luigi Accattoli writes that Pope Francis “has restored adventure to the Church of Rome: we knew it from the name he chose, but now it has been proclaimed by the document”.

Evangelii gaudium is like Francis'  “I have a dream” speech, writes John L. Allen Jr. on the National Catholic Reporter's website. “Dreams can be powerful things especially when articulated by leaders with the realistic capacity to translate them into action.... The text comes with Francis' now-familiar flashes of homespun language. Describing an upbeat tone as a defining Christian quality, for instance, he writes that 'an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!'”.

In the Washington Post Zachary A. Goldfarb and Michelle Boorstein comment on the condemnation of the idolatry of money, while Cindy Wooden from Catholic News Service emphasizes those passages in which Pope Francis speaks about the role of women within the Church.

The Spanish daily La Razon summarizes Pope Francis' roadmap in ten points ( Los 10 de la Revolución mandamientos Francisco Darío Menor ) as does the Polish newspaper Nasz Dziennik and the Kai news agency. All three emphasize the document's originality, style and character.

On Twitter the American film director Michael Moore concludes his comments on the Pope's words with the hashtag: # yikes.

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