Category Archives: Evangelii Nuntiandi

Evangelii Nuntiandi 81-82: Final Thoughts

1975 was a holy year dedicated to reconciliation, hence, this connection: 81. This then, brothers and sons and daughters, is our heartfelt plea. It echoes the voice of our brethren assembled for the Third General Assembly of the Synod of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 80: Obstacles

We Catholics have the message. But do we have the ability to overcome the obstacles we ourselves place in front of the Gospel? 80. Our appeal here is inspired by the fervor of the greatest preachers and evangelizers, whose lives … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 79: Signs of Love

I think we can ask a fair question. Do people serve the Church for the sake of loving others as Christ did, or is the primary motivation their personal salvation? Pope Paul’s emphasis on love is not faddish. He has … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 78: Faithfulness to the Truth

The Christian believes that the Gospel provides for human liberation, peace, and a fulfillment of our destiny. This is an optimistic message as head to the concluding sections of Evangelii Nuntiandi, but they also place on all believers an important … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 77: Christian Division

Is this timely or what? 77. The power of evangelization will find itself considerably diminished if those who proclaim the Gospel are divided among themselves in all sorts of ways. Is this not perhaps one of the great sicknesses of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 76: The Church Self-Examines

We look at ourselves, the Church, and we discern important questions: 76. Let us now consider the very persons of the evangelizers. It is often said nowadays that the present century thirsts for authenticity. Especially in regard to young people … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 75: The Role of the Holy Spirit

It should be obvious, but we can’t evangelize the world without a lot of outside help: 75. Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit descends on Jesus of Nazareth at the moment of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 74: Interior Attitudes

Pope Paul begins to address the final theme of this document. We’re not talking about specifics. There are no programs. No vetted speakers. No founding of schools or internet sites, and no special “year” is being called. I think there’s … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 73: Lay Ecclesial Ministries

Lay people are everywhere, including laboring with the clergy with their God-given charisms: 73. Hence the active presence of the laity in the temporal realities takes on all its importance. One cannot, however, neglect or forget the other dimension: the … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 72: Young People

This was a focus of the last pope: Catholic youth. 72. Circumstances invite us to make special mention of the young. Their increasing number and growing presence in society and likewise the problems assailing them should awaken in every one … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 71: The Role of the Family

The domestic Church also has a role to play in spreading the Good News: 71. One cannot fail to stress the evangelizing action of the family in the evangelizing apostolate of the laity. At different moments in the Church’s history … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 70: The Role of the Laity

Evangelization by the laity is as varied as the gifts men, women, and children bring to the practice of their faith: 70. Lay people, whose particular vocation places them in the midst of the world and in charge of the … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 69: The Role of Those in Religious Life

Women and men in religious life have a role to play: 69. Religious, for their part, find in their consecrated life a privileged means of effective evangelization. At the deepest level of their being they are caught up in the … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 68: Bishops and Pastors

Bishops recently convened for a few weeks to discuss the “new evangelization.” Does that square with Church teaching on their role? Let’s see what Pope Paul said about it: 68. In union with the Successor of Peter, the bishops, who … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 67: The Successor of Peter

What is the basis for Peter’s primacy? The early Acts of the Apostles, plus many confirmations from other popes and from medieval, post-Schism councils. 67. The Successor of Peter is thus, by the will of Christ, entrusted with the preeminent … Continue reading

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