Evangelii nuntiandi is an apostolic exhortation issued on 8 December by Pope Paul VI on Overview · Pope: Francis · Hierarchy · History (Timeline); Theology · Liturgy · Sacraments · Mary. Background[show]. Jesus · Crucifixion. authoritative commentators have said: in Evangelii nuntiandi the Pope left, serenely but energetically, a sort of pastoral testament, a summary and synthesis of. A Summary on Evangelii Nuntiandi Pope Paul VI on December wrote to the Episcopate, Clergy and to all the faithful of the entire.

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Address given on 15 October But to propose to their consciences the truth of the Gospel and salvation in Jesus Christ, with complete clarity and with a total respect for the free options which it presents- “without coercion, or dishonorable or unworthy pressure”[]- far from being an attack on religious liberty is fully to respect that liberty, which is offered the choice of a way that even non-believers consider noble and uplifting.

It is the duty incumbent on her by the command of the Lord Jesus, so that people can believe and be saved. AAS 57pp.

Evangelii Nuntiandi (December 8, ) | Paul VI

Their missionary activity depends clearly on the hierarchy and must be coordinated with the pastoral plan which the latter adopts. The second danger is that of losing its freedom when, being cut off from the center and from the other Churches which gave it strength and energy, it finds itself all alone and a prey to the most varied forces of slavery and exploitation.

Trinity Father Son Holy Spirit. Henri de Lubac, Le drame de l’humanisme atheeed.

It was an experience which was all the more valuable in that it enabled the Church to consolidate herself and to grow and spread.

Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. But this encounter will not take place if the Gospel is not proclaimed. On these conditions, which are certainly demanding but also uplifting, the ecclesial communautes de base will correspond to their most fundamental vocation: Evangelii nuntiandi gave theological principles to guide members in understanding what is meant by the word evangelization and how it applies to the average Roman Catholic.


They could not, without a misuse of terms, be called ecclesial communautes de base, even if while being hostile to the hierarchy, they claim to remain within the unity of the Church.

The ultimate fulfillment of the vocation of the human person is found in accepting the revelation of God in Christ as proclaimed by the Church. This is why the Church keeps her missionary spirit alive, and even wishes to intensify it in the moment of history in which we are living. These ministries, apparently new but closely tied up with the Church’s living experience down the centuries – such as catechists, directors of prayer and chant, Christians devoted to the service of God’s Word or to assisting their brethren in need, the heads of small communities, or other persons charged with the responsibility of apostolic movements- these ministries are valuable for the establishment, life, and growth of the Church, and for her capacity to influence her surroundings and to reach those who are remote from her.

It makes people capable of generosity and sacrifice even to the point of heroism, when it is a question of manifesting belief.

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AAS 64pp. There Paul VI deliberately proposes the true definition of evangelization in contrast to all of the possible false conceptions. And on the other hand, young people who are well trained in faith and prayer must become more and more the apostles of youth. Saint Gregory the Great, Homil. It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: Baltimore, MD Subscriptions: Saint Cyprian, De Unitate Ecclesiae We can never sufficiently praise those priests who through the sacrament of Penance or through pastoral muntiandi show their readiness to guide people in the ways of the Gospel, to support them in their efforts, to raise them up if they have fallen, and always to assist them with discernment and availability.


These “signs of the times” should find us vigilant. For I am firmly convinced that over and above the concrete circumstances which prompted Paul VI to write it, over and above the three great occasions that he himself mentioned, the conclusion of the Holy Year, the 10th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council and the first anniversary of the Synod, Evangelii nuntiandi was a text highly expressive of his Pontificate.

Summary of Doctrinal Note on Evangelization – ZENIT – English

Other religious, in great numbers, give themselves directly to the proclamation of Christ. This name belongs to the other groups, those which come together within the Church in order to unite themselves to the Church and to cause the Church to grow.

The discussion of the concept of evangelization, with its new and original themes this is what the better commentators thinknuntindi a harmonious and coherent continuation in the third part of Evangelii nuntiandi.

No one can do it without having been sent. Their primary and immediate task is not to establish and develop the ecclesial community- this is the specific role of the pastors- but to put to use every Christian and evangelical possibility latent but already present and active in the affairs of the world.

Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelization: They are radically opposed to the Church.