Pontiff Gives Push to New Evangelization

By Anita S. Bourdin

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 11, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is showing his support for leaders of the new evangelization, as he will address this weekend a group of «new evangelizers.»

The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization is hosting a conference Saturday and Sunday, for international leaders engaged in spreading the Gospel message.

The Holy Father will receive participants in the meeting on Saturday. And on Sunday, he will celebrate a Mass with them in St. Peter’s Basilica.

The theme of the conference is New Evangelizers for the New Evangelization. Its motto is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, «The Word of God Grew and Multiplied.»

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the president of the council, will open the event. Then, there will be various contributions: Mother Veronica Berzosa, Spanish founder and superior of the new religious institute Iesu Communio, will speak on spirituality. Italian journalist Vittorio Messori will give an address on «The West and Its Questions on Christ.»

An Italian professor will talk of the science-faith dialogue, and a Colombian bishop will discuss new evangelization in Latin America.

The former director of ZENIT, Jesús Colina, will present Aleteia, the project he has been developing with Olivier Bonassies, of the Mary of Nazareth Center, and others.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will offer a recital; this «moment of spirituality and art» will precede the arrival of Benedict XVI in Paul VI Hall.

In the evening, the groups and ecclesial realities will be welcomed to the Diocese of Rome, where in various churches and centers, they will lead moments of reflection and prayer with Rome’s Catholics.

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