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Pope invites Christians to join in 'new, intense evangelization'
cna ^ | Januay 26, 2010

Posted on 01/26/2010 3:20:46 PM PST by NYer

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2010 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- In his homily during the celebration of Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls on Monday evening, Benedict XVI outlined the essential elements of convergence between all Christian faiths. He also called for a "new, intense evangelization" to respond to important issues in the world today.

"In a world marked by religious indifference, and even by a growing aversion towards the Christian faith, a new, intense evangelization is necessary, not only among people that have never known the Gospel, but also among those in which Christianity has been spread and is a part of their history," Pope Benedict said emphatically.

Referring to the history of Christianity and the issues affecting the unity of all its branches, Pope Benedict explained, "Unfortunately, there is no lack of questions that separate some from others and we hope that they can be overcome through prayer and dialogue."

But, he added, "there is a central content of Christ's message that we can announce together: the paternity of God, the victory of Christ over sin and his death with his cross and resurrection (and) a trust in the transformative action of the Spirit."

"While we are on the path towards full communion, we are called to offer a shared witness against the ever more complex challenges of our time, including secularization and indifference, relativism and hedonism, the delicate ethical themes regarding the beginning and end of life, the limits of science and technology, dialogue with other religious traditions," Benedict XVI urged.

The Holy Father expressed the necessity of a united effort amongst all Christians to extend unity into other areas and that "from now on, we must give a shared witness (to) the protection of Creation, the promotion of the common good and peace, defense of the centrality of the human person, commitment to defeating the misery of our time, including hunger, poverty, illiteracy, unequal distribution of goods."

Joining members of the Roman Curia, bishops and religious in attendance at Vespers were members of various Christian Churches and ecclesial communities from throughout the city of Rome.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christian; evangelization; society

1 posted on 01/26/2010 3:20:48 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.

Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine", seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires.

We, however, have a different goal: the Son of God, the true man. He is the measure of true humanism. An "adult" faith is not a faith that follows the trends of fashion and the latest novelty; a mature adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ. It is this friendship that opens us up to all that is good and gives us a criterion by which to distinguish the true from the false, and deceipt from truth.

We must develop this adult faith; we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith. And it is this faith - only faith - that creates unity and is fulfilled in love.
HOMILY OF HIS EMINENCE CARD. JOSEPH RATZINGER

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2 posted on 01/26/2010 3:22:52 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer
"there is a central content of Christ's message that we can announce together: the paternity of God, the victory of Christ over sin and his death with his cross and resurrection (and) a trust in the transformative action of the Spirit."

Sounds solid.

3 posted on 01/26/2010 3:29:04 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (ND LE)
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To: NYer
I am not a Catholic, and consider the RCC to be in doctrinal error on some issues. But I really respect this Pope, and who can argue with this:

"there is a central content of Christ's message that we can announce together: the paternity of God, the victory of Christ over sin and his death with his cross and resurrection (and) a trust in the transformative action of the Spirit."

4 posted on 01/26/2010 3:31:01 PM PST by hellbender
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American; NYer

Agreed — this sounds very solid, and that’s great! The gospel changes lives, and it is good to express it to those who haven’t yet heard.

Let’s pray this doesn’t turn into an argument about the peripherals of our faith, the things that divide us, and instead promote Christ, who unifies us.


5 posted on 01/26/2010 3:33:19 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: NYer
"a new, intense evangelization is necessary, not only among people that have never known the Gospel, but also among those in which Christianity has been spread and is a part of their history,"

Right on.

Post-christian Europe tops the list. It is a mission field as much as anywhere in the world.

I've got no room to talk; so is my street.

6 posted on 01/26/2010 3:37:00 PM PST by marron
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To: NYer

This is a good Pope, courageous and focused.


7 posted on 01/26/2010 3:38:08 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9
This is a good Pope, courageous and focused.

Yes, I like this guy; I have from the start.

8 posted on 01/26/2010 3:42:57 PM PST by marron
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To: hellbender

Thank you. I appreciate your gracious comment.


9 posted on 01/26/2010 3:58:38 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5)
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To: NYer

Cool... so which flavor of the Gospel are we to carry as we Evangelize the world?

Should we tell people what the Bible says - Salvation by Grace, through faith... that none may boast?

Or do we say that salvation comes from some mix of both what God does, and what we can do/earn?

Or do we carry a “to do” list of sacraments necessary for eternal salvation?

Do we tell them they are eternally secure, as long as their profession was real? Or do we tell them not to hiccup or have a dirty dream or they may lose that security?

Acts 4:12 tells us that there is no salvation in any other name... Yet some denominations hold that there are really many ways and many names to get you to heaven...

How can one, unchanging and eternal God, “need” so many different variations on the Gospel? Answer - HE doesn’t. The different messages developed from prideful men (and women) who decided they knew better even than God’s Word. Very dangerous.

So - while I firmly believe that we Christians have a responsibility (if you don’t agree- read Matthew 28 again - especially the last few verses) to be the ambassadors of Christ to the lost and dying world, there is a lot of danger in ecumenical attempts - as they render more confusion than true converts.


10 posted on 01/26/2010 4:02:19 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: NYer
What constitutes "evangelism" for a Roman Catholic? What is the content of the message?

Evangelicals call unbelievers to repentance and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ...an acceptance of His atoning work on the Cross...once for all time...for unbelievers to be "born again" - to be saved.

What message do Roman Catholics present to the unbeliever?

This is a sincere request - not an opportunity to bash anyone.

11 posted on 01/26/2010 4:05:34 PM PST by LiteKeeper ("It's the peoples' seat!")
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To: NYer

“...commitment to defeating the misery of our time, ...unequal distribution of goods.”

Sounds like socialism to me. Sorry Pope, no way.


12 posted on 01/26/2010 4:08:23 PM PST by trailboss800
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To: NYer
Pope invites Christians to join in 'new, intense evangelization' Uh-oh. Whenever Catholics get intense, everybody else gets tortured and burned to death.
13 posted on 01/26/2010 4:08:41 PM PST by Anti-Utopian ("Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds I' th' cage." -King Lear [V,iii,6-8])
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To: LiteKeeper
Perhaps this will fill in the blanks.
14 posted on 01/26/2010 4:10:51 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Holy Father Ping.


15 posted on 01/26/2010 4:29:15 PM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: trailboss800

It is socialism; no doubt.


16 posted on 01/26/2010 4:31:40 PM PST by gedeon3
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To: trailboss800

It is socialism; no doubt.


17 posted on 01/26/2010 4:31:47 PM PST by gedeon3
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To: trailboss800

It is socialism; no doubt.


18 posted on 01/26/2010 4:31:49 PM PST by gedeon3
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To: NYer

I like the sound of this.


19 posted on 01/26/2010 4:53:57 PM PST by ansel12 (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.)
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To: NYer
General statements of theology...

If you are talking to an unbeliever, what would you ask them to do?

20 posted on 01/26/2010 5:47:27 PM PST by LiteKeeper ("It's the peoples' seat!")
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To: NYer

BTTT!


21 posted on 01/26/2010 7:26:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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