Documents on the New Evangelization

“Evangelization is the Church’s deepest identity.  Evangelization brings the good news of the Gospel to all who seek the life-giving message of faith in Jesus Christ.”

The Joy of the Gospel (EVANGELII GAUDIUM): Pope Francis, 2014. Our Holy Father offers a road map for us to become a Church that evangelizes—a must read for every Catholic! “If we succeed in expressing adequately and with beauty the essential content of the Gospel, surely this message will speak to the deepest yearning of the people’s hearts.”

The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei): Pope Francis, 2013. Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI co-authored this document on the meaning of faith, especially in light of our culture and the need for the New Evangelization.

The New Evangelization and the Transmission of the Christian Faith: Synod of Bishops, 2012. “The goal of evangelization today is, as always, the transmission of the Christian faith. This task primarily concerns communities of Jesus’ disciples, which are organized into particular Churches, diocesan and eparchial, whose worshippers gather regularly for liturgical celebrations, hear the Word of God, celebrate the sacraments — especially the Eucharist—and look to pass on the treasure of faith to the members of their families, communities and parishes.”

Disciples Called To Witness: The New Evangelization: USCCB, 2012.Christ commands us to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. We are to proclaim his Good News to all people, everywhere and at all times.” This is a plan of action for each Catholic to be a witness to the risen Christ.

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States: USCCB, 2001. The United States Catholic Bishops set a vision for Catholic evangelization. We present to you, our Catholic sisters and brothers, this plan and strategy of evangelization because the fire of Jesus burns even today. We, your brothers and your bishops, profess our faith in Christ Jesus, in the revelation that he is in the kingdom that he proclaimed, and in the Church that he founded. We proclaim that, through our faith, the stories of Christ continue and that our lives are part of the story of salvation.”

At the Beginning of the New Millenium (NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE): Pope John Paul II, 2001. “[P]ut out into the deep” (Lk 5:4). … These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever” (Heb 13:8).

Mission of the Redeemer (REDEMPTORIS MISSIO): Pope John Paul II, 1990. “I sense that the moment has come to commit all the Church’s energies to a New Evangelization. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid the supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.”

Catechesis in Our Times: Pope John Paul II, 1979. “The Church has always considered catechesis one of her primary tasks, for, before Christ ascended to His Father after His resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command – to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded.”

Evangelization in the Modern World (EVANGELII NUNTIANDI): Pope Paul VI, 1975. This was the great first announcement of the need for “a new period of evangelization.” “There is no doubt that the effort to proclaim the Gospel to the people of today, who are buoyed up by hope but at the same time often oppressed by fear and distress, is a service rendered to the Christian community and also to the whole of humanity.”