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Redemptoris Missio 77: Cooperation In Missionary Activity

With this post, we commence a look at Chapter VII, “Cooperation in Missionary Activity.” This topic covers numbered sections through the 86th. Mostly, Pope John Paul II was looking at ways in which non-missionaries can assist missionaries and their mission … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 76: Conferences, Two

Pope John Paul II highlights two church groups, conferences of bishops and the parallel leadership among religious orders. Episcopal Conferences and their various groupings have great importance in directing and coordinating missionary activity on the national and regional levels. The … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 75cd: The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

To the congregation responsible for missionary activity it falls “to direct and coordinate throughout the world the work of evangelizing peoples and of missionary cooperation, with due regard for the competence of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.”(Apostolic Constitution Pastor … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 75ab: Curial Organization

Two numbered sections give treatment to “The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Other Structures for Missionary Activity.” Leaders and agents of missionary pastoral activity should sense their unity within the communion which characterizes the Mystical Body. Christ prayed … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 74: Various Lay Ministries

Besides catechists, mention must also be made of other ways of serving the Church and her mission; namely, other Church personnel: leaders of prayer, song and liturgy; leaders of basic ecclesial communities and Bible study groups; those in charge of … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 73bc: More On Catechists

Even with the extension of the services rendered by lay people both within and outside the Church, there is always need for the ministry of catechists, a ministry with its own characteristics. This “extension” may mean the piling on of … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 73a: Catechists

In numbered sections 73-74, we’ll look at “The Work of Catechists and the Variety of Ministries” with Pope John Paul II. First to mention is catechists. In some parts of the world, catechists are more than Sunday school teachers. In … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 72: An Extensive Sphere For The Baptized

The sphere in which lay people are present and active as missionaries is very extensive. “Their own field…is the vast and complicated world of politics, society and economics…”(Evangelii Nuntiandi 70) on the local, national and international levels. Within the Church, … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 71bc: More On The Baptized Life

One of the fatal flaws of the average Christian is viewing their baptism as a membership ritual rather than as a sacrament of vocation. Maybe the problem letter in RCIA isn’t the “R,” but the “I.” Fraternities, country clubs, and … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 71a: Missionary By Baptism

This topic is termed, “All the Laity Are Missionaries by Baptism.” Do you believe it? Pope John Paul II and his three predecessors all touched on the notion: Recent popes have stressed the importance of the role of the laity … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 70: Appreciation For Missionary Religious

There are religious orders dedicated to the missionary apostolate. Unless we serve in mission lands, we rarely get to know the people. Occasionally a preacher blesses us at Mass once a year or so. I extend a special word of … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 69: The Missionary Fruitfulness of Consecrated Life

In this section and the next, Pope John Paul II guides our attention to people in consecrated life. We know that recent popes have honored men and women who have dedicated their lives to religious vows and attachment to various … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 68: Exchanges Of Diocesan Priests

Some final thoughts on how priests serve the Universal Mission of Christ: In his Encyclical Fidei Donum, Pope Pius XII, with prophetic insight, encouraged bishops to offer some of their priests for temporary service in the churches of Africa, and … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 67b: Diocesan Priests Abroad

More on diocesan priests: Especially in those areas where Christians are a minority, priests must be filled with special missionary zeal and commitment. The Lord entrusts to them not only the pastoral care of the Christian community, but also and … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 67a: Diocesan Priests

Two numbered sections look at the theme, Diocesan Priests for the Universal Mission. One challenge I see with this is over the question of discipleship. If priests are only believers, not yet disciples, how can they be effective? As co-workers … Continue reading

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