[Evangelisation is] the proclamation of Christ and his Gospel (Greek: evangelion) by word and the testimony of life, in fulfilment of Christ's command.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Glossary)

Encouraged to Evangelise

  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
  • "It starts with the proclamation of the gospel, the kerygma, “which needs to be the centre of all evangelising activity and all efforts at Church renewal… On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: ‘Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you’." – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium #16)
  • "I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailing each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord’." – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium #3)
  • "Pastoral ministry in a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed… the message has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary. The message is simplified, while losing none of its depth and truth, and thus becomes all the more forceful and convincing." – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium #35)
  • "Let us recover and deepen our enthusiasm, that delightful and comforting joy of evangelising, even when it is in tears that we must sow… And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelisers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervour, who have first received the joy of Christ." – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium #10)

Reflections on evangelisation

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