After five years, Pope Francis continues to surprise. Amongst other notable aspects of his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete Et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, women – saints, writers, witnesses, theologians, known and unknown ‒ are referenced frequently. It could be said that different readers look for different features – but when one belongs to a group that has frequently been marginalised, that’s entirely understandable.
“Every offense or wound or violence against the body of our neighbour is an outrage to God the Creator,” Pope Francis said earlier this week.
Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council – the most significant national gathering that can be held – in Australia in more than 80 years.
Just as Jesus healed people during his earthly mission, care for the sick is a mission the entire Church is called to take part in. This is a message Pope Francis made clear ahead of World Health Day, observed globally on April 7.