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Istota i sposoby realizacji Nowej Ewangelizacji
The Essence and Methods of New Evangelization

From Teaching of the Magisterium to the Pastoral Activity

Author(s): Tomasz Wielebski
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Theology and Religion
Published by: Teologická fakulta Trnavskej univerzity
Keywords: evangelization;New Evangelization;priesthood;pastoral theology;pastoral convertion

Summary/Abstract: The missionary directive that Jesus gave to his disciples, saying: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15) is valid for the Christians of all times. The directive mentioned above is actual particularly in modern times, when so many people lost their faith and live as if God did not exist. We are not allowed to keep the gift of faith just to ourselves, since we are obliged to share it with others – by undertaking evangelization mission expressed by a range of pastoral activities. They should be preceded by proper theological reflection, allowing for avoiding any acts incompatible with the essence of the Church, whose principal task is performing the salvific intermediation. Such activities belong to the pastoral theology, characterized both by normative and practical dimension. Referring to the teaching of the Church Magisterium, in his article the author approaches the essence and characteristics of the New Evangelization, indicating at the same time the methods of its implementation within the Polish ecclesiastical reality. These methods include, among others, activities such as special congresses, parish evangelization retreats, New Evangelization Schools, evangelizing in the streets and by visiting private households. Presentation of these activities is aimed at encouraging the Slovakian reader to make use of the experiences of the Church in Poland and – depending on the local determinants – to adapt some of them to the Slovakian ecclesiastical reality. Such activities are an attempt to answer the appeal of Pope Francis included in his exhortation Evangelii gaudium, in which he summons all theologians, the pastoralists in particular, to make sure that their theological reflection serves well its purpose and shows them how best to bring the Gospel message to different cultural contexts and groups (EG 133).

  • Issue Year: 5/2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 61-82
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish