Vatican Presents Working Paper for Evangelization Synod

Bishops Will Gather Oct. 7-28

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The secretary-general of the synod of bishops today presented the “instrumentum laboris” or working document for the Oct. 7-28 synod on new evangelization.

Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and Bishop Fortunato Frezza, secretary-general and under secretary of the synod of bishops, outlined the document, which explains the synod theme “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

The bishops “will reflect upon the transmission of Christian faith, one of the great challenges facing the Church which will be examined in the context of new evangelization. … The work of the Synod will be enriched by its association with the Year of Faith,” which begins Oct. 11, Archbishop Eterovic said.

The document has a preface, an introduction, four chapters and a conclusion. 

The introduction brings together the views of episcopal conferences, which concur “on the need for new tools and new forms of expression to make the Word of God more understandable in the life of modern man,” the archbishop continued. “The synod will hopefully be an opportunity to discuss and compare points of view and practical experiences, to be shared in order to provide encouragement to pastors and particular Churches.”

Following is the index of the document, which can be found at: www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20120619_instrumentum-xiii_en.pdf:

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION 

THE POINT OF REFERENCE

EXPECTATIONS FROM THE SYNOD

THE TOPIC OF THE SYNODAL ASSEMBLY

FROM THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL TO THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

THE FORMAT OF THE INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS

CHAPTER I

JESUS CHRIST, THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD TO HUMANITY

JESUS CHRIST, THE EVANGELIZER 

THE CHURCH, EVANGELIZED AND EVANGELIZING

THE GOSPEL, A GIFT FOR EVERY PERSON

THE DUTY TO EVANGELIZE

EVANGELIZATION AND CHURCH RENEWAL

CHAPTER II

TIME FOR A NEW EVANGELIZATION

THE QUESTION OF A “NEW EVANGELIZATION”

THE SECTORS OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION 

THE NEW FRONTIER OF THE COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR

CHANGES IN THE RELIGIOUS SECTOR 

CHRISTIANS WITHIN THESE SECTORS

MISSION AD GENTES, PASTORAL CARE AND A NEW EVANGELIZATION

PARISH TRANSFORMATION AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

A DEFINITION AND ITS MEANING

CHAPTER III

TRANSMITTING THE FAITH

THE PRIMACY OF FAITH

THE CHURCH TRANSMITS THE FAITH WHICH SHE HERSELF LIVES 

THE PEDAGOGY OF THE FAITH 

THE PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE TRANSMISSION OF THE FAITH

THE FAMILY, THE MODEL-PLACE FOR EVANGELIZATION

CALLED TO EVANGELIZE

GIVING AN ACCOUNT FOR ONE’S FAITH

THE FRUITS OF THE FAITH

CHAPTER IV

REVIVIFYING PASTORAL ACTIVITY

CHRISTIAN INITIATION, AN EVANGELIZING PROCESS

THE DEMANDS OF INITIAL PROCLAMATION

TRANSMITTING THE FAITH, EDUCATING THE PERSON

FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE

THE BASIS FOR AN EVANGELIZING PASTORAL PROGRAMME

THE CENTRALITY OF VOCATIONS

CONCLUSION

JESUS CHRIST, THE GOSPEL ENGENDERING HOPE 

THE JOY OF EVANGELIZING

INDEX

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