Friday, April 08, 2016

Live from Rome: (Non-)Judgment Day

Good Friday morning, folks – this day's been almost three years in the making... and, well, away we go.

At 1130 Rome (5.30am ET/2.30PT), the pub-day presser for the release of the Pope's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) begins, with the Secretary-General of the Synod Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri joined by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn OP of Vienna – a figure who first rose to prominence as the general editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and on a more personal angle, himself a child of divorce.

Here, the livestream – English translation in real-time has been promised (the video will become on-demand at the event's close):

For the record, the document files will be available here upon the text's release at Roman Noon (6am ET). Given the distinct likelihood of the Vatican website crashing for at least some of the morning under the weight of demand to read the 60,000-word message, don't worry – it'll be backed up here.

(SVILUPPO: Amoris Laetitia's English fulltext and a first analysis.)

If nothing else, this should all be memorable, and both the main page and real-time wire – check your right sidebar – will be updated through the day with reactions, etc. as things come in. Among other notable response plans, at mid-morning two Synod Fathers, the USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville and Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, will offer separate media briefings at 10am Eastern and half an hour later respectively.

All that said, happy reading – and as ever, these pages keep coming your way solely by means of your support....

SVILUPPO 2: With the document now on the street, English translations of the long presentations given by Baldisseri and by Schönborn at this morning's Vatican event have likewise been circulated by the Holy See.

And here, links to the livestreams on-demand vids of the twin Stateside pressers mentioned above: first, the 10am Eastern USCCB briefing...

...and here, the feed from Cupich's 9.30 Central Q&A at Chicago's Chancery at Quigley: