(What is an apostolic exhortation?)
It's the first public document completely authored by Pope Francis. Divided in five chapters, it highlights several points about what it really means to be Christian. It deals with mercy, sharing the joy of faith, the role of the Pope and of Episcopal conferences. Also topics ranging from spirituality and the defense of life to poverty and economics
As Rocco over at Whispers put it "If you're looking for a "primer," it's fairly simple: don't insult your intelligence – just take the time to actually read it."
Reportage on the publication of the apostolic exhortation:
John Allen (NCR) - 'Evangelii Gaudium' amounts to Francis' 'I Have a Dream' speech
Fr James Martin SJ - A New Vision for the Church
RTE - The God Slot (6th Dec) - Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick and Brendan Butler of 'We Are Church' discuss the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’. What does it say, and, of equal importance, what does it not say?
The Irish Catholic - Why some people just don’t get Pope Francis
The Irish Catholic - Pope sets out bold reform agenda
Vatican Radio - Economic justice in Evangelii Gaudium
Vatican Radio - "Evangelii Gaudium": Catholic in every sense of the word
Vatican Radio - Joan Lewis: Evangelii Gaudium is "a programme for papacy"
Jericho Tree - The Joy of the Gospel: a summary and guide to Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation
Millenial - Reflections on Evangelli Gaudium: What Francis Really Wants to Change
Millenial - Around the Web: Reflections on Evangelii Gaudium
Mullenial - Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium: Work for Justice at Heart of Discipleship
Katherine Lopez - On Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel Is Rooted in the Cross
The Controversy Over Evangelii Gaudium
Huffington Post - Pope Francis 'Evangelii Gaudium' Calls For Renewal Of Roman Catholic Church, Attacks 'Idolatry Of Money'
National Catholic Register - ‘Evangelii Gaudium’: Pope Francis’ Blueprint for Evangelization
National Catholic Register - Pope Francis’ new document, Evangelii Gaudium: 9 things to know and share
Catholic Herald - Key quotes from Evangelii Gaudium
The Catholic World Report - A helpful summary of the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium"
Sheila Liaugminas - Pope Francis provokes in Evangelii Gaudium
Kathleen Parker (Washington Post) - The conscience of a pope
Millenial - The Danger of Pope Francis
National Catholic Reporter - Times are changing under Pope Francis
Salt + Light - Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel