Saturday, January 13, 2007

The New Evangelization in South America

Now this sounds like something worth giving your life for.

Father GutiƩrrez said this is why the theme of the general conference "is centered on believers in Christ and on the missionary character" of the Church. "It is not just a 'private' faith but must be shared with others."

"From this conference, a great continental mission will begin," he said. "The conference will initiate an evangelizing dynamic of renewal of Catholics in Latin America. It is the novelty of this 5th conference."

Father GutiƩrrez continued: "It is not clear how this mission will unfold. CELAM is studying with experts in missiology how to develop this great continental mission. We don't know how long it will last, but we know it will be a long-term project to reinforce the faith of people of Latin America.

"May 31 will be the last day of the conference, but it will also be the beginning of a great mission."

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