To the Episcopate, to the Clergy and to all the Faithful of the entire world 2. This is precisely what we wish to do here, at the end of this Holy Year during which the Church, "striving to proclaim the Gospel to all people,"[3] has had the single aim of fulfilling her duty of being the messenger of the Good News of Jesus Christ—the Good News proclaimed through two fundamental commands: "Put on the new self" and "Be reconciled to God. We have stressed the importance of this theme of evangelization on many occasions, well before the Synod took place. On June 22, , we said to the Sacred College of Cardinals: "The conditions of the society in which we live oblige all of us therefore to revise methods, to seek by every means to study how we can bring the Christian message to modern man.

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He wrote it at the request of the Synod of Bishops. The Synod considered the question of evangelisation in the modern world but failed to produce an agreed document. At this time there were different interpretations of the theology of liberation and the liberation theology movement was controversial. This is why evangelization involves an explicit message, adapted to the different situations constantly being realized, about the rights and duties of every human being, about family life without which personal growth and development is hardly possible, about life in society, about international life, peace, justice and development — a message especially energetic today about liberation.

Methodology Paul VI demonstrates a praxis approach to theology. Evangelisation is not just the application of the Gospel to each particular experience of life. We can discover and understand more deeply the story of God amongst us by examining life itself. Faith and life are not separate and must be integrated.

Contribution to Catholic Social Teaching To this day Evangelii Nuntiandi remains a landmark document in understanding the different dimensions of the mission of the Church. It affirms that the witness of life is the first means of evangelization. Working for social justice is not just a preparation for evangelisation, but an essential part of it. Read Evangelii Nuntiandi.


Apostolic Exhortations

Many theologians and evangelization experts agree that the document has remained relevant and challenging to the Church today. December 12, J. Pope Francis has cited it at least 31 times on at least 11 different occasions, including 13 times in his new apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Evangelii Nuntiandi is an important part of the soil from which the teaching of Evangelii Gaudium has sprung; to use another image, they are akin to two plates of a diptych. When understood correctly, evangelization will assure us, as I tell the seminarians, that we cannot be rectory or sacristy priests—evangelization moves us beyond the comfort zones that a priestly lifestyle might otherwise end looking like…I suppose the theology of evangelization challenges me to never allow apathy to keep me settled. There is an urgency in the way I live out my priesthood.


Summary of Evangelii Nuntiandi

June 23, Summary of Evangelii Nuntiande The apostolic exhortation of Pope Paul VI on December 8, , Evangelii Nuntiande, was primarily given to the Church in order to enrich and deepen herself in the understanding of evangelization. In other words, Evangelii Nuntiande is merely telling us on how to evangelize or proclaim the message of the gospel in context with the present situation of the society and of the world. It was like re-defining the meaning of evangelization in context. With this general perspective and purpose of the publish of this document, we can then say that the call for renewal is extended not only for the ordained ministers but to all believers in all forms of human society. For Pope Paul VI, the call to evangelize is a personal command of our Lord, Jesus Christ and not merely a personal disposition of anybody. He did it by giving the biblical and historical reasons of proclaiming the gospel message.

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