Category Archives: Evangelii Nuntiandi

Evangelii Nuntiandi 51: Many Means To One End

The proclamation of the Gospel isn’t about the gifts, abilities, or even the opinions of the evangelist. The focus is not on the minister, but on the hearers, or those potentially open to hearing about Jesus. Pope Paul first alludes … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 50: Obstacles to Evangelization

Three main problems: narrow vision from within the Church, resistance to the message, and secular persecution. Despite what many Catholics are saying these days, the American problem is more the first than either of the others. 50. In the course of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 49: New Testament Universality

Are there boundaries which we may not cross? Apparently not, according to the Gospel and the bishops: 49. Jesus’ last words in St. Mark’s Gospel confer on the evangelization which the Lord entrusts to His apostles a limitless universality: “Go … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 48: Popular Religiosity

The matter of “popular religiosity” could touch on a lot of things: devotions, movements, hero-worship. And more. 48. Here we touch upon an aspect of evangelization which cannot leave us insensitive. We wish to speak about what today is often … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 47: Intercommunication

An interesting choice in the third paragraph below: intercommunication. 47. Yet, one can never sufficiently stress the fact that evangelization does not consist only of the preaching and teaching of a doctrine. For evangelization must touch life: the natural life … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 46: Person-To-Person Evangelization

A most effective way of transmitting the Gospel … 46. For this reason, side by side with the collective proclamation of the Gospel, the other form of transmission, the person-to-person one, remains valid and important. The Lord often used it … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 45: Social Communication

The meaning of “social communication” has totally changed in the last four decades. But adapting to new modes of communication is an issue even more critical today. 45. Our century is characterized by the mass media or means of social … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 44: Catechetical Instruction

Most Catholics identify “catechetical instruction” as the main part of evangelization. Knowledge about God and faith is important: 44. A means of evangelization that must not be neglected is that of catechetical instruction. The intelligence, especially that of children and young … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 43: Preaching

The importance of preaching is high, especially the liturgical homily. 43. This evangelizing preaching takes on many forms, and zeal will inspire the reshaping of them almost indefinitely. In fact there are innumerable events in life and human situations which … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 42: Verbal Proclamation

Somebody has to speak up … 42. Secondly, it is not superfluous to emphasize the importance and necessity of preaching. “And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 41: Witness of Sanctity

Show the faith–it’s a more important first step than teaching it: 41. Without repeating everything that we have already mentioned, it is appropriate first of all to emphasize the following point: for the Church, the first means of evangelization is … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 40: How To Evangelize

Let’s get bakc on a daily schedule for Pope Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation following the 1974 synod on evangelization. Some of you may have been tapping your feet on the primarily Third World concerns of liberation these past several days. … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 39: Last Thoughts on Liberation and Evangelization

What they were saying about the religious liberty of Christians in the 1970′s:  39. The necessity of ensuring fundamental human rights cannot be separated from this just liberation which is bound up with evangelization and which endeavors to secure structures … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 38: A Brighter Diagnosis on Liberation

The pope strikes a positive note as he reached the end of his section on liberation. He seems confident the arc of the Church in the 1970′s was a good one, becoming more associated with the thrust of Catholic social teaching rather … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 37: Violence Rejected

A careful aside in Paul VI’s narrative, which seems to go without saying: 37. The Church cannot accept violence, especially the force of arms- which is uncontrollable once it is let loose- and indiscriminate death as the path to liberation, … Continue reading

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