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Pope Francis embraces a girl during a private audience with members of the "Azione Cattolica" organization during a private audience at the Vatican Dec. 20.
Catholic News Service
Pope Francis embraces a girl during a private audience with members of the "Azione Cattolica" organization during a private audience at the Vatican Dec. 20.
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, is the topic of a lecture and discussion set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at St. Mary Cathedral. Leader of the talk will be Holy Cross Father Charles Gordon of the University of Portland theology department.

The exhortation, which emphasizes God's mercy, has fascinated Catholics and the secular world alike, especially after Time magazine named Pope Francis Man of the Year.