New Evangelisation

I came upon the CASE web site (see previous post) whilst doing a little research on the term "New Evangelisation".

They give a very useful definition:


"Look to the future with commitment to a New Evangelization, one that is new in its ardour, new in its methods, and new in its means of expression."
(Pope John Paul II to Bishops of Latin America, Haiti, 1983).

New in its ardour:
  • “I came to cast fire upon earth; and would that it were already kindled!” (Lk.12:49). Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel." (1 Cor 9:16).
  • “I used to say, ‘I will not think about him, I will not speak in his name any more.’ Then there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones…” (Jer.20:9).
  • “We must rekindle in ourselves the impetus of the beginnings and allow ourselves to be filled with the ardour of the apostolic preaching which followed Pentecost…. This passion will not fail to stir in the Church a new sense of mission, which cannot be left to a group of 'specialists' but must involve the responsibility of all the members of the People of God. Those who have come into genuine contact with Christ cannot keep him for themselves, they must proclaim him. A new apostolic outreach is needed, which will be lived as the everyday commitment of Christian communities and groups.” (Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte 40)
New in its methods, and new in its means of expression….

….that’s what the rest of this web site is about!

“As the Pope has said so many times, a new evangelisation needs to be new in its ardour, in its methods, and in its means of expression. In other words a new urgency because cultural change has been so drastic in its impact, a new approach because we can no longer rely on an inheritance of sacramental-focussed faith between one generation and another, and creative ways of communication and of community living because that is where faith needs fresh embodiment.”
(Fr Michael Paul Gallagher, SJ, Address to the Bishops of England and Wales. October 2002, Guernsey.)
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