5 days till canonization: Evangelization


The evangelization undertaken by the apostles laid the foundations for the building of the spiritual structure of the Church, becoming the seed and, in a certain sense, the model valid for every age…

Evangelization is not only the Church’s living teaching, the first proclamation of the faith (kerygma) and instruction, formation in the faith (catechesis); it is also the entire wide-ranging commitment to reflect on revealed truth.

…The apostolic exhortation of Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi…can be considered the interpretation of the Council’s teaching on the essential duty of the Church: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!”

…Following Evangelii Nuntiandi, Redemptoris Missio represents a new synthesis of the Church’s teaching about evangelization in the contemporary world.

Pope John Paul II (What is the New Evangelization?, Crossing the Threshold of Hope)

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In the encyclical Redemptoris Missio, Pope John Paul II notes that faith is strengthened when it is given to others, and that it is in commitment to the Church’s mission that the new evangelization will find support and inspiration. The many activities and aspects of evangelization have one purpose, that is ‘to serve man by revealing to him the love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ.’ He points outs the urgency of the Church’s mission because the number of people who do not know Christ is always increasing, and very quickly.
Our times has also given the Church new opportunities in this field of evangelizing. Some examples the Pope gives are: “…the opening of frontiers and the formation of a more united world due to an increase in communications; the affirmation among peoples of the gospel values which Jesus made incarnate in his own life …and a kind of soulless economic and technical development which only stimulates the search for the truth about God, about man and about the meaning of life itself.” (Redemptoris Missio)