Broc’s Blog

Pope Francis has just published a new Apostolic Exhortation (literally a letter of encouragement). This is the first major document by Pope Francis himself. The previous letter published in his name was drafted by Pope Benedict XVI. The official title of the document is Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). 

Most people will remember the visit to Ireland of the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux. People may be less familiar with the fact that the parents of St. Therese, Louis and Zélie Martin are themselves considered "Blessed" by the Church, having been beatified by Pope Benedict in 2008. In  a rather unique coming together, the relics of St Therese, together with those of her parents, were at the heart of the "Magnificat Day" which was celebrated this week in Philadelphia.