The New Evangelization

New Evangel

I think this set of pictures, which I found online, has a very important message for anyone interested in the New Evangelization. The first was taken at the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005; the second was taken at the election of Pope Francis in March of 2013.

The New Evangelization, which calls all of us to a deeper faith, to a deeper commitment to the Gospel message, and to go forth and proclaim the Good News to all people. “In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel ‘to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.’ The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.” [USCCB website]

That so many people make such heavy use of smartphones and tablets is a fact that has received its share of criticism, and that is not unwarranted. Nevertheless, if you want to meet people, you have to go to where they are… even if where they are is a virtual place. Ready access to electronic communications through personal electronics is the reality we face today; understanding how to leverage those devices to the advantage of the New Evangelization is a task that will to some degree determine the success or failure of the undertaking.

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