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Vatican cardinal calls for ‘evangelical radicalism’ in missionary work

May 14, 2013

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples told 150 national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies that “it is necessary to review the methods of evangelization, to study how to bring the Christian message to modern man, where he can find the answer to his questions and the energy for his commitment of human solidarity.”

“What should prompt us in our missionary activity is faith,” said Cardinal Fernando Filoni. “A reappropriation of evangelical radicalism is necessary for our apostolic activity to be fruitful and recognized as missio Dei [the mission of God].”


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  • Posted by: chady - May. 15, 2013 5:45 AM ET USA

    As the apostles had to leave the cosiness and safety of the 'upper room' at Pentecost..down thru' the centuries Catholics have been called to imitate them. Once filled with the Holy Spirit we like them [religious/laity] have to mingle with the secularists/Islamist and every other kind of ist'to personally bring the Gospel. These worldly powers have always been around. The evangelisation starts with us and there are many ways to present the Gospel. The Holy Spirit will show us how to be creative!

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 14, 2013 10:40 AM ET USA

    Reviewing the methods of evangelization is fine, but the very first thing that must be done is to halt imposed secularization and spread of Islamic governments throughout the world. Both are threats to Christianity; the former by its pretending that Christianity doesn't need to exist (e.g., Europe, Canada, etc) and the latter in that nothing else should be allowed to exist(e.g., North Africa, Saudi Arabia and now Bangladesh, etc).