In this Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world. This core document at the beginning of his papacy offers a road map that "point(s) out new paths for the church’s journey in years to come." It is a vast and functional text that urges the church to free itself from anything that stands in the way of its mission of announcing the core message of the Gospel to today’s humanity, just as they are. Pope Francis is making clear in this document that the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church stands at a critical juncture. His exhortation is simple: as Christians have done in ages past, the faithful today must live the Gospel always, everywhere, and with radicality and joy. Paper.