According to the pope, "The expression New Evangelization was
popularized in the encyclical of Pope Paul VI Evangelization in the
Modern World, as a response to the new challenges-that the
contemporary world creates for the mission of the Church."1 Pope
John Paul II sees the need for a "great relaunching" of
evangelization in the present life of the Church in a variety of
ways.2 In Mission of The Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio ), John Paul
II presents a new synthesis of the Church's teaching about
evangelization in modern times.
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The time has also come for a new evangelization in the West, where
many of those baptized lead totally un-Christian lives and more and
more persons maintain some links to the faith but have little or a
poor knowledge of it. Oftentimes, the faith is presented in
caricature or publically treated by certain cultures with
indifference, if not open hostility. Now is the time for a new
evangelization in the West. "Whole countries and nations where
religion and the Christian life were formerly flourishing and
capable of fostering a viable and working community of faith, are
now put to a hard test, and in some cases, are even undergoing a
radical transformation, as a result of a constant spreading of an
indifference to religion, of secularism and of atheism. This
particularly concerns countries and nations of the so- called First
World, in which economic well-being and consumerism, even if
coexistent with a tragic situation of poverty and misery, inspires
and sustains a life lived 'as if God did not exist.'"
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THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH"
This is why the example of each brother Knight is vital to the new
evangelization. Through our dedication to our principles of charity,
unity and fraternity, we can express in a practical way this "yes of
the heart." Our works of charity can be a charity that evangelizes,
expressing to those around us the Truth that is Love. Vivat Jesus!
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Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson