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We, a community of Roman Catholics, called to be disciples of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to all of Christ's faithful , to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:1-3)



"Through evangelization the Church is built up into a community of faith: more precisely, into a community that confesses the faith in full adherence to the Word of Pope John Paul IIGod which is celebrated in the Sacraments and lived in charity, the principle of Christian moral existence.  In fact, the "good news" is directed to stirring a person to a conversion of heart and life and a clinging to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; to disposing a person to receive Baptism and the Eucharist and to strengthen a person in the prospect and realization of new life according to the Spirit."

Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Saint John Paul II

"For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all  the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity  from within and making it new: "Now I am Pope Paul VImaking the whole of creation  new." (Rev 21:5)  But there is no new humanity if there are not first of all new  persons renewed by Baptism (Rom 6:4) and by lives lived according to the  Gospel.(Eph 4:24-25) The purpose of evangelization is therefore precisely this  interior change, and if it had to be expressed in one sentence the best  way of stating it would be to say that the Church evangelizes when she  seeks to convert,[49] solely through the divine power of the message she  proclaims, both the personal and collective consciences of people, the  activities in which they engage, and the lives and concrete milieu which  are theirs."

On Evangelization in the Modern World
"Evangelii Nuntiandi"
Apostolic Exhortation  of His Holiness, Pope Paul Vl

Promulgated on December 8, 1975

"One of the primary obligations assigned by Christ to the office divinely committed to us of feeding the Lord's flock is that of guarding with the greatest vigilance the deposit of the faith delivered to the saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words and the gainsaying of knowledge falsely so called.....That We should act without delay in this matter is made imperative especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church's openPope St. Pius X - click here for enlarged photo enemies; but, what is to be most dreaded and deplored, in her very bosom, and are the more mischievous the less they keep in the open. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, and, what is much more sad, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, animated by a false zeal for the Church, lacking the solid safeguards of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, put themselves forward as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the Person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious audacity, they degrade to the condition of a simple and ordinary man......"

"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry."  2 Tim 4:1-5


Encyclical of Pope St. Pius X promulgated on September 8, 1907.

Pope Leo XIII - click here for enlarged picture. "Jesus Christ, the Liberator of mankind, is the everlasting and ever flowing source of all the good things that come to us from the infinitebounty of God; so that He who has once saved the world is he who will save it throughout all ages; "for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby We must be saved."[1] If then the human race fall into sin, either through its natural propensities or through the faults of men, it is absolutely indispensable to have recourse to Jesus Christ and to recognize in Him the most powerful and the most sure means of salvation. For so great and so efficacious is its divine virtue that it is at once a refuge from all dangers and a remedy for all evils. And the cure is certain, if mankind returns to the profession of Christian doctrine and to the rules of life laid down by the Gospel."


Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on September 17, 1882.

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - click here to view enlarged photoEvangelization is the Mission of the Church

"We cannot keep to ourselves the words of eternal life given to us in our encounter with Jesus Christ: they are meant for everyone, for every man and woman. ... It is our responsibility to pass on what, by God's grace, we ourselves have received."
- Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini, 2010

"The Holy Spirit gives us joy. And he is joy. Joy is the gift in which all the other gifts are included. It is the expression of happiness, of being in harmony with ourselves, that which can only come from being in harmony with God and with his creation. It belongs to the nature of joy to be radiant; it must communicate itself. The missionary spirit of the Church is none other than the impulse to communicate the joy which has been given."
-Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia, 2008

"Mission is a duty about which one must say ‘Woe to me if I do not evangelize’ (1 Corinthians 9:16)...redemption and mission are acts of love [because] those who proclaim the Gospel participate in the charity of Christ.”
- Pope Benedict XVI states that evangelization Is "Urgent and Necessary," Vatican City, May 18, 2008

"Help each other to live and to grow in the Christian faith so as to be valiant witnesses of the Lord. Be united, but not closed. Be humble, but not fearful. Be simple, but not naive. Be thoughtful, but not complicated. Enter into dialogue with others, but be yourselves."  
- Pope Benedict XVI, Genoa, Italy, May 18, 2008

Pope Francis - click here for enlarged picture

The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.

I.A joy ever new, a joy which is shared

2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.

3. I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.[1] The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!

The Joy of the Gospel - EVANGELII GAUDIUM
Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis

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