Category Archives: Mission

Vatican City, October 16, 2012

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President, Pontifical Council for the Family addressed the Synod, 15 October 2012.

Family, an answer to today’s “pastoral infertility.”  It is urgent for the family to take center stage in cultural, political and economic reflection…and for the Church to live out its mission less as an institution and more as a family.”

Archbishop Joseph Absi, Titular Archbishop of Tarsus, Greek – Melkites in Syria called on the Synod of Bishops “to avoid tension and misunderstanding with the Muslim World.”

He spoke of “openness of some Muslims to Christianity”,  he also stated some have discovered in Christ “the face of God the Father.”

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, President, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

Human mobility offers significant possibilities for new evangelization, since it presents men and women, young and old, marked by meaningful life experiences, projects, insecurities and sufferings…  faith can answer these questions.  Christ will help them understand human life.

Challenge: how to link explicit evangelization and human promotion – a favorable field to the new evangelization.

Synod of Bishops, October 11, 2012. Interventions

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Fr. Robert F. Prevost, Prior General of St. Augustin (Augustinians).  From Chicago, Ill.

Role of mass media in shaping “human imagination regarding faith and ethics, particularly television and cinema.

Mass media as responsible for garnering sympathy “for beliefs and practices that are at odds with the Gospel.”

Frontline evangelizers “must become more informed of the challenges of evangelizing with the present difficulties.”

Fathers of the Church are “masters of the art of rhetoric.” “…they understood the foundations of social communication appropriate to the world in which they lived.”

“The proper mission of the Church is to introduce people to the nature of mystery as an antidote to spectacle.”  Religious to live faithfully the evangelical counsels. (Vatican City, Oct. 12, 2012, zenith.org).

XIII Ordinary General Assembly (13TH OGA), Synod Of Bishops

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Pope Benedict XVI opened the 13th OGA with the celebration of the Eucharist at St. Peter’s Square, Rome.  07 October 2012.  The Holy Father also proclaimed St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen as Doctors of the Church.

During the homily he reflected on the nature of new evangelization, and the call of Christ to his disciples to announce the Gospel around the whole world.  “The Church, he said, exists to evangelize.”

“…renewed evangelical dynamism produces a beneficent influence on the two specific “branches” developed by it”, namely, “Missio ad Gentes – to those who do not yet know Jesus Christ and his message of salvation”, and the New Evangelization, “primarily to baptized Catholics, who “have drifted away from the Catholic Church.”

The first reading and Gospel of October 07 mentioned unity and indissolubility of marriage.  “Marriage”, he said, “is a Gospel in itself.”  “The crisis of faith is inherently linked to the crisis of marriage in today’s society.”

 A call to holiness.  Pope Benedict XVI presented St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen, “As examples of the call of all Christians to announce the Good News.  New Evangelization demanded a sincere desire for conversion.”

 

October 08

 

  1. Pope      addressed Synod of Bishops, 08 October

            He stressed, two key themes: the passion for announcing Christ to the world and the knowledge that God acts in the Church.

            For fruitful assembly these are needed: (1) awareness of the presence of God’s Spirit; (2) confession, “bearing witness even in dangerous situation; and (3) Charity, “the most powerful force.”

  1. Cardinal      Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. and Relator General.

Points discussed by Card. Wuerl:

1)      What or who it is we proclaim. – the Word of God, Focused on Jesus, his Gospel and his way.

2)      Recent resources to help us in our task, Paul VI initiated the focus.  Blessed John Paul II urged a deeper awareness of its need, and Benedict XVI has made the task of the Church a constant theme in his teaching and preaching.

3)      Particular circumstances of our day that render the Synod necessary: progressive secularization of society and a sort of ‘eclipse of the sense of God’  Culture characterized by secularism, materialism and individualism.

4)      Elements of the new evangelization.  Evangelization is not a program, it is a mode of thinking, seeing and acting.  Three stages: (1) renewal or deepening of our faith; (2) new confidence in the truth of our message; and (3) the willingness and desire to share the faith.

5)      Some theological principles:

a)      Anthropological foundation of evangelization

b)      Christological foundation of the new evangelization

c)      Ecclesiological foundation n of the New evangelization

d)     Soteriological foundation of the New Evangelization

6)      Qualities of the new evangelizers.  Four stand out: boldness or courage, connectedness to the Church, a sense of urgency, and joy.

7)      Charisms of the Church today to assist in the task of the New Evangelization – Social justice issues – New communities/Ecclesial movements.

            Conclusion: Four-fold Mission

  1. Reaffirm      the essential nature of evangelization
  2. Note the      theological foundations of the New Evangelization
  3. Encourage      the many manifestations of the New Evangelization
  4. Suggest      practical ways in which the New Evangelization can be encouraged,      structured and implemented.

 

October 9

            Vatican, October 10 (zenith.org) Interventions

  1. Archbishop      S. Fisichella, Titular Archbishop, Voghenza, President, Pontifical      Council, Promotion of New Evangelization.

“Individualistic mentality, absence of God in one’s life, ignorance of faith, Church lost credibility.”

  1. Archbishop      L.A. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.       We need humility, respect for persons and silence to effectively      reveal Jesus’ face to the world.
  1. Archbishop      Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles.
    Challenge and opportunities of globalization.  Starting as an economic system      globalization has now become a cultural phenomenon.  We can use globalization to present the      Church as a universal family and a universal call to holiness.
  1. Cardinal      Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.       He stressed the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation which      “evangelizes the evangelizer” as it brings us sacramentally into contact      with Jesus, who calls us to a conversion of heart and inspires us to      answer his invitation to repentance.

World Mission Sunday 2012 (WMS ’12)

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We will celebrate WMS ’12 on 21 October 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI’s message for WMS ‘12’s theme is “Called to Radiate the Word of Truth”  (Apostolic Letter “Porta Fidei”, n. 6)

He said the celebration this year has a special meaning because the “50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and of the opening of the Year of Faith and of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of the New Evangelization contribute to reaffirming the Church’s desire to engage with greater courage and zeal the ‘missio ad gentes’’ so that the Gospel may reach all the ends of the earth” (Jan. 6, 2012).

In his Apostolic Letter “Porta Fidei” Pope Benedict, wrote: “Today as in the past he sends us through the bishops of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the people of the earth” (n. 7).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines declared 2012 as the “Year of the Pontifical Mission Societies” (PMS) which is celebrating its 80th anniversary in the Philippines.

On 21 October  2012 Pedro Calungsod will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.  Blessed John Paul II beatified him on 05 March 2000.

Pedro Calungsod was born around 1655 somewhere in the Visayas, probably in Cebu.  He was killed in Guam in 1672 with Fr. (Bl.) Diego Luis San Victores, S.J. where he worked as a Missionary.

Let us actively respond to Christ’s command: “Go, then, to all the peoples everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And I will be with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt. 28: 19-20.  MTBO Bible/Good News Bible).  Here, we have the three essential dimensions of faith: believing (creed), obeying (commandments/code) and entrusting (Sacraments/Cult and Our Father).

Prayers, sacrifices and money for the mission.