We have $168,671 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

New Evangelization should be ecumenical effort, Pope says

Catholic World News - November 15, 2012

Ecumenical work is a key component of the “new evangelization,” Pope Benedict XVI told the Pontifical Council on Christian Unity in a November 15 address.

All Christians should be concerned by “the crisis of faith affecting vast areas of the world, including those where the proclamation of the Gospel was first accepted and where Christian life has flourished for centuries,” the Pope said, at a private audience held in the Clementine Hall of the apostolic palace. “The spiritual poverty of many of our contemporaries, who no longer perceive the absence of God in their lives as a form of deprivation, poses a challenge to all Christians.”

Pope Benedict said that ecumenism calls for “patience, humility, and abandonment to the Lord’s will.” However, he said, Christians must be persistent in the effort to overcome divisions, never accepting the fractures within the Christian community as “something normal or as the best that can be obtained.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($168,671 to go):
$200,000.00 $31,328.72
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Nov. 15, 2012 8:35 PM ET USA

    We should certainly pray ardently that those who profess Christ outside the Catholic Church may return to her, especially the self professed Orthodox. The problem more than anything else is until we clean up our own house the call to bring those who are cut us from the Catholic Church by schism or heresy will fall on deaf ears. How can we provide a credible witness when our own house in in shambles? First things first.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Preparing for the Synod on the Family October 2
Making sense of the Pope's message to America-- including the Kim Davis meeting October 2
Coming of (old) age under Obamacare: a rant October 1
1971: The best of times, the worst of times October 1
How Christianity spreads around the globe September 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope issues new rules to streamline annulment process CWN - September 8
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24