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Massive demand for Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia

Thousands of orders have been placed for Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love On Love in the Family).

This important document, launched in Rome, reflects on the role of marriage and the family in the life of the Catholic Church around the world.

The selling price is €4.99, and £3.75 sterling. Since its launch last week, Veritas has received advance orders for 1,064 copies.

Recent publications from Pope Francis continue to be in great demand by customers of Veritas.

In 2013, Veritas published Pope Francis' first Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), which to date has sold more than 23,000 copies.

And last year, it published Pope Francis' encyclical letter on care for our common home Laudato Si (Praise Be To You), which has sold more than 15,000 copies in Ireland.

Bishops and archbishops, north and south, have welcomed its publication.

"Amoris Laetitia is an encyclopaedic document which contains an extraordinary wealth of pastoral advice," said Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.

"Its spirit and content cannot be appreciated in a rushed single reading. Its reflections on education, on ageing, on the ethical education of children, on death and widowhood, on the erotic dimension of love on homelessness, unemployment and migrants are simple and moving, quite original and at times strong."

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said: "I very much welcome the strong emphasis on helping couples to prepare for marriage. Pope Francis clearly sees this as being far more than simply attending a pre-marriage course."

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Denis Nulty said: "In this Year of Mercy as I welcome warmly this exhortation from Pope Francis, I can't but feel here is a Pope saying to us at diocesan level, at parish level, in our very homes, let us build up our family from below, from within.

"It is not for us to be looking over our shoulders, expecting solutions from the outside, we must work from within. I invite you as a Diocesan family to travel with me on this journey as we renew and strengthen marriage and family life and by extension society."

Archbishop Eamon Martin said the document had a warm, distinctive and familiar style that speaks to the reality of ordinary life.

It was very much in tune with the concrete realities of everyday life as lived by married couples and families, he added.

The document, he said, reflected the vision of Pope Francis "in that we cannot resort to doctrine without considering the complexities of married life".

"The content is also challenging, and includes a call for all of us to reflect on how we live our lives," Archbishop Martin said.

"The Church is now asked to go out and bring the gospel to where people are at in their lives, this is in line with Pope Francis' agenda which encourages every Catholic to be a missionary for the faith.

"As a Church we are used to inviting people to come to us, but Pope Francis urges us to reach out and offer support, at a local level, for those preparing for marriage and for those on the journey of married life."

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