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New Evangelisation

Procession of witness

It is no coincidence that the Pope has organised a worldwide gathering of Bishops in Rome during the Year of Faith to discuss the theme: ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’. The Holy Father has placed the call to mission at the heart of the celebrations.

We read: “Today as in the past, he [Jesus] sends us through the highways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth (cf. Mt 28:19). Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelisation in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith . In rediscovering his love day by day, the missionary commitment of believers attains force and vigour that can never fade away.”  Porta Fidei 7

 One of the most effective ways of growing in faith is to joyfully share it!  When the Pope uses the word ‘new’ in the extract from the Porta Fidei here, he is not meaning that we need to learn and share a new Gospel message: The Gospel message of Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. What he is inviting every member of the Church to do is to seek new ways - means and methods - of sharing the eternal message of Jesus Christ. He is challenging each one of us to consider what new step we might take to respectfully make our faith visible and heard in our daily lives. 

A small way you can do this is by carrying the ‘Faith Card’ that has been distributed across England and Wales. The Pope also highlights that Christians in the early centuries were required to learn the creed from memory. It provides a summary of the reason for Christian hope and during the ‘Year of Faith’ we are invited to learn and study the creed afresh.

Faith is not a private act. It is something that we profess as individuals and as a community, mindful that our witness could assist those who are not yet baptised and are sincerely searching for meaning and truth. There are a great many people searching in our countries and it is our duty to be credible witnesses to them.

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The Creed 184.22 kB

Motu Proprio: Porta Fidei 412.08 kB

Homily on opening the door of faith - Cardinal Piacenza

Archbishop Nichols

President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Archbishop Vincent Nichols on being confidently Catholic:

"Being confidently Catholic means having confidence in the truth of faith, a truth which is held before us as a great gift of God, a truth which we never possess of ourselves but rather seek simply to be possessed by it."

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Official Year of Faith website of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

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Year of Faith Programme

YOF-programme.pdf 2.59 MB

A programme on the Year of Faith in the Catholic Church containing information, resources and projects to celebrate the year.