“Apostolic Exhortation” Christus Vivit
to Young People and the entire People of God
March 25, 2019
The Vatican’s endless text factory has just released another monster of a document: Jorge Bergoglio (a.k.a. “Pope Francis”) has released his fourth so-called Apostolic Exhortation, which is also his third post-synodal one. It is entitled Christus Vivit (“Christ Lives”).
Recall that in October of last year, the Vatican conducted a three-week synod in Rome on young people. Such synods are typically followed by the “Pope” releasing a document in which he gives his own thoughts on the work of the synod, makes recommendations, establishes policy, or issues other guidelines. As things go in the Vatican II Sect, it also provides a perfect opportunity for the papal pretender to prove to the world that he does not adhere to the Catholic Faith.
The last two post-synodal exhortations were the infamous Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) and Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). The most recent exhortation before Christus Vivit was Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), which was not connected to a synod.
In its English version, Christus Vivit has 32,632 words. It consists of nine chapters that include a total of 299 numbered paragraphs, and it has 164 footnotes. Not surprisingly, the lengthy document does not cite a single Catholic document of the Magisterium of Pope Pius XII or any Pope prior to 1958.
The Vatican has made the text of Christus Vivit available in sundry languages, of which we make the following available via links:
- Full Text of Christus Vivit in English
- Full Text of Christus Vivit in Spanish
- Full Text of Christus Vivit in Italian
- Full Text of Christus Vivit in German
- Full Text of Christus Vivit in French
- Full Text of Christus Vivit in Portuguese
The exhortation was signed on Mar. 25, 2019, but it was not published by the Vatican until today, Apr. 2.
A video of the press conference presenting the release of the exhortation has been made available by Vatican Media:
The following is a list of links with coverage, summaries, and commentary on Christus Vivit by various sites:
- “Christ is alive: Synthesis of the Apostolic Exhortation” (Vatican Media)
- “Let your lives flourish and bear fruit, Pope urges young people in new exhortation” (Catholic News Service)
- “Pope’s team may need to explain new reluctance on ‘zero tolerance’” (Crux)
- “Pope calls abuse crisis a ‘scourge’ in youth doc, omits ‘zero tolerance’” (Crux)
- “Pope warns against hate-fomenting ‘fake news'” (France 24)
- “Pope: Church should admit history of abuse of women, male domination” (Reuters)
- “In new exhortation, Pope Francis suggests ‘concrete…change’ in Church needed to appease youth” (Life Site)
- “Pope Francis calls for a listening Church in latest exhortation” (La Croix International)
- “US Bishops Welcome Publication of ‘Christus Vivit’” (Zenit)
- “Bishops of England and Wales Bishops Praise Publishing of ‘Christus Vivit’” (Zenit)
- “Australian Bishops Add Their Praise to ‘Christus Vivit’” (Zenit)
- “A young woman’s take on ‘Christ is alive'” (Vatican Media)
- “Pope Francis to young people: Holiness takes effort” (Catholic World Report)
- “Pope Francis’ New Document ‘a Magna Carta of Youth Ministry and Vocations’” (National Catholic Register)
- “Pope Francis urges young people not to abandon the church” (America)
- “Pope Francis asks youth for help in ‘preventing atrocities’ of abuse” (Catholic News Service)
- “15 Meme-Worthy Quotes from the Pope’s new Writing on Youth” (Aleteia)
- “Keep the Fire Burning: The Apostolic Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’” (La Civilta Cattolica)
- “Christus Vivit: The Good, the Banal, and the Exasperating” (Catholic World Report)
We have run the text of Christus Vivit through a word cloud generator, which counts how many times each word appears in a document. The more frequent the appearance, the larger the resulting word. The word cloud for Christus Vivit looks like this: