October 12, 2010.
In much of the West, Christianity is weakening. Benedict XVI wants to redress the situation with a new Vatican Council for the Evangelization of Western countries, in particular Europe and North America.
Its first president, Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella, presented
details of the new Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New
Evangelization at the Vatican. Its aim is to help bring the Christian
message to all parts of society.Arch. Rino FisichellaPresident, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization
“It 's a great challenge to bring to those countries where for centuries or millennia the Gospel has been proclaimed the strong vitality that is typical of Christians in order to be able once again to culture and bring progress together towards the good of all.”
The new council will promote the dissemination and implementation of the Pope's teaching on the New Evangelization, especially the new version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It will also examine and coordinate initiatives that encourage the use of media as tools for re-evangelization.
Arz. Rino Fisichella
President, Pont. Cons. para Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización
“Re-evangelization means to bring back importance to the essentials, the person of Jesus Christ who is the love of God and the face of a loving God. We should do everything possible to give an adequate catechesis, that is the way of beauty, in order to communicate the Gospel.”
In the coming weeks, the Pope will appoint to the new Council a group of cardinals, bishops and experts who will undertake this new mission.