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Simple like a 'Good Evening'

· Presented by the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna ·

The evening of 13 March 2013, the first words of the newly-elected Pope Francis to the people gathered in St Peter’s Square and throughout the world were: “Buona sera” — “Good evening”. 

The language and style of Pope Francis’ new text are as simple as this greeting. The Exhortation is not quite as brief as this simple salutation, but is similarly close to reality. In these 200 pages Pope Francis speaks about “love in the family”, and does so in such a concrete and simple way, with words that warm the heart like that good evening of 13 March 2013. This is his style, and it is his hope that aspects of life are spoken about in the most concrete way possible, especially with regard to the family, one of the most elementary realities of life.

It must be said that the documents of the Church often do not belong to one of the most accessible literary genres. This text of the Pope’s is readable, and those who are not dissuaded by its length will find joy in its concreteness and realism. Pope Francis speaks about families with a clarity that is not easy to find in the magisterial documents of the Church.

Cardinal Schönborn's presentation at the press conferece




St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 21, 2019