Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role.
In the document, he says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy.
He also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflict.
Since becoming Pope in March, Francis has struck a markedly different tone to his predecessor on several issues.
In his "apostolic exhortation", Pope Francis said he preferred a Church that was "bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security".
The document suggests major changes are on the way, with Francis noting that the Church has to get over an attitude that says: "We have always done it this way," the BBC's David Willey reports from Rome.
It represents an ambitious programme to try to rekindle his church's missionary zeal, our correspondent says.
However, the document reiterates the Church's opposition to the ordination of female priests, saying this is "not a question open to discussion".
The document also touches on inter-faith relations, urging Christians to "embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition".
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So ... more of the same from Pope Frankie. Apparently, his focus is on "the poor," and that's where he wants the attention of his church. Yet he doesn't seem to be willing to consider the one societal action which is demonstrated to help considerably in the alleviation of poverty, to wit: The Empowerment of Women. Permitting the ordination of women in the church would be a significant move and perhaps more than just a symbolic one in terms of indicating Vatican City's seriousness about the issue of poverty. Yet Frank has said that that issue is off-limits ... and I'm reminded of that old definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
And so we get the Vatican shuffle: two steps forward, two steps back.
And while I think of it:
MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.
― Christopher Hitchens
still a bunch of misogynistic, deluded, child raping cocksuckers
Like that's news?
To whom are the words of the pope relevant ? I would say the powerful and the gullible among others.
It's time for the Catholic church to sell the Vatican back to Italy and give the proceeds of sale to augmented, poverty stricken families in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The church can then claim Jerusalem as it's historic homeland and try and move there.
Considering the treatment the Jews got from catholics before Vatican II, I doubt Israel would have 'em!
Ok......and the Palestinians wouldn't like it either but they would be well received in the slums of Manila, Philippines.