OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE
The U.S. Bishops' For Your Marriage website explains, "On April 8, 2016, Pope Francis released an widely anticipated apostolic exhortation entitled “Amoris Laetitia,” or, The Joy of Love. In this 325-paragraph document, the Holy Father provides his prayerful reflections on marriage and the family: their strengths and weaknesses, their call from God and the challenges they face. This document is a “post-synodal” exhortation, meaning that it was released after two synods held in Rome on the topic of marriage and the family, in 2014 and 2015.
Pope Francis recommends that “Amoris Laetitia” be read “patiently and carefully” (no. 7). Of the nine chapters, some may be more pertinent to marriages and families themselves, and others to those who care for them, such as priests and lay pastoral leaders."
The Pontifical Council for the Family is responsible for the promotion of the pastoral ministry and apostolate to the family, through the application of the teachings and guidelines of the Church’s Magisterium. Thus, Christian families can be helped as they accomplish their educational and apostolic mission in response to the realization of the Gospel of the family in the modern world.