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Pope sees 'vast horizons' for the new evangelization

September 19, 2011

At his Sunday Angelus audience on September 18, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that “the Gospel has transformed the world and continues to transform it.” The Pope centered his brief address on St. Paul’s epistle to the Philippians. He noted that when St. Paul reached Philippi, it was to bring the Gospel for the first time to Europe. St. Paul, he said, belonged to each of the three great cultures of his time: Jewish, Greek, and Roman. As such, he was ideally suited for “building a bridge that would carry Christianity to the ends of the earth.”

Today the Church needs new evangelists to answer the challenge of “an age of New Evangelization,” the Holy Father continued. “Vast horizons are opening to the announcement of the Gospel, while regions of ancient Christian tradition are called to rediscover the beauty of the faith.”


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