Evangelii Nuntiandi, "On Evangelization in the Modern World" - (December 8 , 1975 , # 14)
Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Paul VI, "We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present-day society make all the more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists to evangelize."
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Redemptoris Missio, "The Mission of Christ the Redeemer" - December 7,1990 [issued january 22 , 1991]
Pope John Paul II's eighth encyclical, subtitled "On the Permanent Validity of the Church's Missionary Mandate," stresses the urgency of missionary evangelization. The encyclical examines the new frontiers for missionary activity in modern cities or some traditionally Christian areas needing re-evangelization, while emphasizing the continued importance of a mission ad gentes-to the nations. Pope John Paul rejects any views of salvation and mission that would focus on humanity's earthly needs while remaining "closed to the transcendent." The relationship of missionary activity to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, to the development of peoples, to situations in which Christians are the minority and to inculturation of the faith, along with the role of the communications media in evangelization, are among points discussed in the encyclical.
Redemptor Hominis, "The Redeemer of Man" - March 4, 1979
The mystery of redemption and the situation of the redeemed person in the modern world are themes of the encyclical. Human rights and dignity, religious liberty and the quest for life's meaning in a world of technological and scientific breakthroughs are examined. The church's fundamental function in every age, Pope John Paul II states, is "to point the awareness and experience of the whole of humanity toward the mystery of God." Pope John Paul also describes the vital role of the Virgin Mary, calls for appreciation of priestly celibacy, and discusses the task of theologians.
Ecclesia in America - January 22, 1999
Writing after the Fall 1997 Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Pope John Paul II says that in America "areas in which it seems especially necessary to strengthen cooperation are the sharing of information on pastoral matters, missionary collaboration, education, immigration and ecumenism." Pope John Paul focuses in a special way on new evangelization called for by "the new and unique situation in which the world and the church find themselves at the threshold of the third millennium, and the urgent needs which result. Pope John Paul examines many issues of church life - for example, spirituality and conversion; Scripture study, popular piety and inculturation of the Gospel; the role of bishops, priests, deacons, those in the consecrated life and lay people, the need to foster priestly vocations, youth ministry, ecumenism and parish renewal. He applies church social teaching to numerous challenging social issues such as corruption, the drug trade, the environment, the arms race, globalization, Third World debt and torture, and he focuses on the human rights of all, from the unborn to the aged.
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