Category Archives: evangelization

EG 263: Evangelization Today Not Harder But Different

Pope Francis is not too concerned with the modern environment for sharing and urging people to the faith. Saints of history, especially during the Roman Empire, might actually have had a tougher go of it: 263. We do well to … Continue reading

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EG 262: A Renewed Missionary Impulse

Pope Francis,  giving “Reasons for a Renewed Missionary Impulse” in Evangelii Gaudium, suggests a believer pray and work. He begins by making a very audacious statement: 262. Spirit-filled evangelizers are evangelizers who pray and work. Mystical notions without a solid social … Continue reading

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EG 259-261: Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

Let’s begin the fifth chapter of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, and let’s take up the topic of “Spirit-filled evangelizers. 259. Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles … Continue reading

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EG 257-258: The Social Message is Inescapable

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the important relationship between Christians and those outside of religious faith who share convictions for various human endeavors: 257. As believers, we also feel close to those who do not consider themselves part of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 60 – Economics and Globalization

As part of their effort to “see” the reality of Latin America, before judging, and making proposals for action, the bishops examine the economy. The bishops see the economic situation of Latin America and the Caribbean in the light of … Continue reading

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EG 256: Challenges To Religion

In our second of three posts to look at religious freedom in Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis criticizes those who wrongly assume all people of faith, even all people of the same faith, are alike. 256. When considering the effect of religion … Continue reading

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EG 255: Social Dialogue In A Context Of Religious Freedom

“Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom” is our topic for the next four sections (255-258). Let’s keep in mind that the world’s bishops and Pope Francis have a wider view of religious freedom. For many Christians around the … Continue reading

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EG 254: God Working With Non-Christians

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the “justification” of non-Christians. Do you buy it? 254. Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God”,[International Theological Commission, Christianity and … Continue reading

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EG 252-253: Islam

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of our Muslim sisters and brothers: 252. Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship … Continue reading

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EG 251: Other Religions

Pope Francis counsels we keep in mind the difference between and the relationship of the proclamation of the Gospel (kerygma) and the personal communication each of us has with other people. He draws on the previous two popes, cautioning against … Continue reading

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EG 250: Interreligious Dialogue

Pope Francis takes a look at interreligious dialogue in sections 250-253. Obviously, he has separated out concerns about ecumenism (244-246). And Christian relationship with Jews (247-249). Relationships with people of other religious backgrounds have their challenges, some significant ones no doubt, but … Continue reading

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Aparecida 59 – New Immigrants to Latin America

The Spanish, the French, and the English were the earliest but not the only groups to come to Latin America and the Caribbean. Paragraph 59 seems to be referring to other groups that have come and brought their cultures to … Continue reading

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EG 247-249: Relations With Judaism

Three brief sections in Evangelii Gaudium examine the Christian approach to Judaism. Note that Pope Francis does not discuss “Catholic” issues, but ones that touch upon the larger body of Christian believers. Let’s read: 247. We hold the Jewish people in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 58 – The Challenge of Urbanization

Paragraph 58 treats what the bishops see as a major challenge to the cultures of Latin America – urbanization. The growing urbanization of Latin American brings major cultural challenges, in particular as people move in from the countryside to the … Continue reading

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EG 246: Christian Divisions

Pope Francis offers some commentary on Christian disunity in this section of Evangelii Gaudium: 246. Given the seriousness of the counter-witness of division among Christians, particularly in Asia and Africa, the search for paths to unity becomes all the more urgent. … Continue reading

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