"Ubicumque et semper" – Always and everywhere, says the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI has officially established a new Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization – and for this we are glad indeed!  This will give renewed impetus to our evangelization efforts at every level, with special attention to individuals and countries that have grown cold in the faith, have lost the faith, have never been blessed with the Gospel, and who lack and need an encounter with the Risen Christ and His Church. It’s time to evangelize!  And greater help will now be available – in The Vatican as well as locally:

www.archsa.org/Evangelization.

APOSTOLIC LETTER IN THE FORM OF MOTU PROPRIO

UBICUMQUE ET SEMPER

OF THE

SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XVI
ESTABLISHING THE

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR PROMOTING THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

Given at Castel Gandolfo on the 21st day of September 2010,

the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, the sixth year of my Pontificate.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

It is the duty of the Church to proclaim always and everywhere the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He, the first and supreme evangelizer, commanded the Apostles on the day of his Ascension to the Father: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). Faithful to this mandate, the Church—a people chosen by God to declare his wonderful deeds (cf. 1 Peter 2:9)—ever since she received the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (cf. Acts 2:14), has never tired of making known to the whole world the beauty of the Gospel as she preaches Jesus Christ, true God and true man, the same “yesterday and today and for ever” (Heb 13:8), who, by his death and Resurrection, brought us salvation and fulfilled the promise made of old. Hence the mission of evangelization, a continuation of the work desired by the Lord Jesus, is necessary for the Church: it cannot be overlooked; it is an expression of her very nature.

Read more… http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/apost_letters/documents/hf_ben-xvi_apl_20100921_ubicumque-et-semper_en.html

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