What is the New Evangelization?

Dominique Deming

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Vatican Council for New Evangelization, spoke some powerful words at a conference in Australia:

“The Church exists in order to bring the Gospel to every person in every age, wherever they find themselves. Jesus’ command is so crystal clear that it admits neither of misunderstandings nor of excuses of any kind. Those who believe in his word are sent out along the roads of the world to proclaim that the salvation which was promised has become a reality. This proclamation needs to be united to a style of life which enables the disciples of Christ to be recognised as such wherever they are. As long as the heart of Christianity is Jesus Christ, encountering him will demand an impact which will allow people to see in his disciples a life which is coherent with what they announce. The road of the new evangelization is marked out; we are called upon to renew the proclamation of Jesus Christ, of the mystery of his death and resurrection, to call forth once more faith in him through the conversion of life. If our eyes were still capable of recognising the deep significance of the events which characterise the life of our contemporaries, it would be easy to demonstrate how greatly this proclamation still occupies a place of importance. The area upon which we need to stimulate people’s reflection, in fact, is the meaning of life and of death, of life beyond death; from those questions which touch human existence as such and which determine our personal identity, Jesus Christ cannot be excluded. If the proclamation of the new evangelization is not strong in presenting the element of mystery which surrounds human life and which relates us to the infinite mystery of the God of Jesus Christ, it will lack the effective power it needs to elicit the response of faith.”

Read the whole address here.

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