Evangelii Gaudium; pope Francis; the content of preaching
Studia Pastoralne, Nr 10 (2014), s. 341-350
At the end of the year of faith (24.11.2013) pope Francis announced an apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. This exhortation contains numerous guidelines relating to preaching, and concerning, inter alia, several instructions regarding the content of preaching. Pope Francis reaffirms the principle of Christocentrism in preaching. „God who revealed his immense love in the crucified and risen Christ” (EG 11), is the centre of preaching the word of God. At the same time the pope confirms the council’s principle, which says that
the secondary subject of preaching are existential problems of contemporary people and worldly issues which are to be presented in the light of Christ. For the pope, a preacher is a man who listens to the people of God and knows their problems, a man who contemplates the Word and the people of God at the same time (EG 154). A very wide panorama of problems faced by man, problems with himself, with the others, the community of men and the community of the Church presented by the Pope is a guide for today’s preachers of the Word of God, and at the same time indicates a great insight of pope Francis into the reality which surrounds us.