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Evangelii Nuntiandi 66: The Whole Church Evangelizes

We have reached a new phase of this 1975 document with today’s post. Here we transition to a longer section (67-72) in which we will look at, in turn the pope, the bishops, women and men in religious life, lay people … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 65: The Role of Peter’s Successor

Affirming the role of the Bishop of Rome … 65. It was precisely in this sense that at the end of the last Synod we spoke clear words full of paternal affection, insisting on the role of Peter’s Successor as … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 64: Warnings Against Breaking Away

If the last sections have been optimistic about the possibilities of universal/individual collaboration, Pope Paul offers serious cautions to those who sever ties with the universal Church: 64. But this enrichment requires that the individual Churches should keep their profound … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 63: Communicating to the Listeners

We all struggle with the risk of losing something in translation. It is a failing of human communication. We do not always say what we mean. People do not always hear what is proclaimed. 63. The individual Churches, intimately built … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 62: Churches, Universal and Individual

The relationship between universal and the individual Church can be a marvelously productive and fruitful one. Or it can be derailed by tension and suspicion. At any rate, I found this section to be rather rich and full of potential … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 61: A Universal Church

The next five sections state and develop the theme of the catholicity of the Church. Where do we get such an audacious and bold notion? From the Gospels themselves: 61. Brothers and sons and daughters, at this stage of our … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 60: Two Convictions

These two convictions are really the same quality. Evangelization is an ecclesial act carried out in Communion with the Church. 60. The observation that the Church has been sent out and given a mandate to evangelize the world should awaken … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 59: Who Evangelizes?

With thissection we move from the topic of who is the target of evangelization and delve into the persons who possess the mission of doing it. 59. If people proclaim in the world the Gospel of salvation, they do so … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 58: Base Communities

Different names today: small groups and RENEW groups and such in the US. Base communities in Latin America. Parishes are mostly successful (still) in the States, so small groups come and go within the fabric of a faith community. Maybe they … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 57: The Duty to Preach to the Heart

Too often westerners, especially Americans speak of rights. The flip side to this is the reality of duty and responsibility. Both are needed. The Holy Father speaks of the right of every person to hear the Gospel: 57. Like Christ … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 56: Non-Practicing Christians

The “new evangelization” seems focused on this other “sphere.” What Pope Paul VI said about it almost four decades ago: 56. The second sphere is that of those who do not practice. Today there is a very large number of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 55: Unbelief in the Modern World

Do you think the Church views unbelief as a problem new to this generation? Long before the cult of celebrity hit atheism, it was recognized as a challenge to the modern proclamation of the Gospel. 55. Also significant is the … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 54: On Christians

Did Pope Paul have anything to say about reclaiming Christians? 54. Nevertheless the Church does not feel dispensed from paving unflagging attention also to those who have received the faith and who have been in contact with the Gospel often … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 53: Seeds of the Word

The real “deeps” of evangelization engage believers with the world’s billions of non-Christians. Sounds scary, but maybe it’s not. Hindus, Buddhists, and even pagans already seek God, pray, possess spiritual and religious traditions. What do you think of the saint’s … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 52: Sorting Fish

A brief section which acknowledges that the situation of many baptized believers is not very different from those who have never known of Jesus: 52. This first proclamation is addressed especially to those who have never heard the Good News … Continue reading

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