Fr Dennis Byrnes of Lismore, Australia, has written an excellent reflection which appeared in the August 2011 issue of AD2000, which concisely presents some of the papal (and other) teaching on the new evangelisation.

In addressing the directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome on 14 May 2011, Pope Benedict XVI said: “Catholic activity at every level needs to be infused with missionary spirit. We are living in a world marked by new forms of slavery and injustice and the Church must evangelise constantly and fearlessly. This evangelisation must begin with a firm faith and an enthusiastic desire to share it with others. New problems and new forms of slavery, in fact, are emerging in our time.”

Again Benedict asks us to confront through new evangelisation the “Culture of Death” so evident in our world.

So how do we empower the new evangelisation of which the Holy Father speaks? How do we challenge the so-called First World, which is well off and rich but uncertain about its future, and the developing countries where, partly because of a globalisation that is so often overly profit-driven, there’s an increase in the masses of the poor, of emigrants and of the oppressed, among whom the light of hope grows weak? …

Read the whole article here.