Evangelii Gaudium is largely divided into two parts: one is on evangelism and the other concerns the social and economic conditions of the time in which evangelism is to take place. The chief aim of Evangelii Gaudium is to restore, as an integral part of sharing the joy of the Gospel, the dignity of the poor, which is presumably lost because of inequality in the modern society. Pope Francis admits that “… neither the Pope nor the Church have a monopoly on the interpretation of social realities or the proposal of solutions to contemporary problems”. Pope Francis offers his views/diagnoses on the social and economic conditions of the time and does so with less authority and as a lay-person, not as an expert.
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"On Evangelii Gaudium: An Asia/Pacific Perspective,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 2:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol2/iss2/8
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