Pope Paul VI defined evangelization in the following way: “evangelization means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.” (On Evangelization in the Modern World, 18). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, ordinary people are called to give witness by the simple living of the faith and to share the good news of Jesus in an explicit but uncoercive manner. As Catholics, we are called to evangelize by enthusiastically living and sharing our faith, by inviting people to hear the message of Jesus, and by fostering Gospel values that transform society.
The Second Vatican Council described the family as the domestic church. Pope Paul VI wrote that this means that ?there should be found in every Christian family the various aspects of the entire Church? (Evangelization in the Modern World, art. 71). In other words, we should be able to apply to the family the general attributes of the Church. The family is a community of followers of Jesus Christ, all of them seeking to walk in the footsteps of Jesus on the way to his cross and
After the travel-filled papacies of more recent popes, it is hard for today?s Catholics to appreciate the stunning impact that Pope Paul VI made when he visited the United Nations in 1965. Papal travel was a new phenomenon, and the whole world focused on this historic visit. The Holy Father used the opportunity to speak out for social justice: ?We make our own the voice of the poor, the disinherited, the suffering, of those who hunger and thirst for justice.? He made a powerful appeal for peace in the world: ?No more war! War never again!? He praised the United Nations as an organization which ?represents the obligatory path of modern civilization,? and he spoke of its vocation ?to make brothers not only of some but of all peoples.? It was clear that the pope was offering the United Nations the support of his Church in its efforts to reform the world order: ?Let unanimous trust in this institution grow,? he said, ?let its authority increase.?
Mary was called Mother of the Church as early as the 12th century by the Bishop of Treves, Berengaud. Later writers, such as the 15th century Archbishop of Florence, Saint Antoninus, and Saint Lawrence Justiniani, spoke of Mary as Mother of the Church. Pope Leo XIII wrote in an 1895 encyclical that Mary “is invoked as Mother of the Church and the teacher and Queen of the Apostles.” St. John XXIII spoke of Mary as “Mother of the Church and our most loving Mother.” Then in 1964, during the Mass at the end of the third session of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI officially proclaimed Mary Mother of the Church. He said: “For the glory of the Blessed Virgin and our own consolation, we proclaim the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church, of the whole people of God, faithful and pastors, and we call her most loving Mother.” Fear had been expressed by some that regarding Mary as Mother of the Church would separate her from the community of which she was a member, but Paul VI evidently felt that we could maintain a sense of Mary’s presence within our community at the same time that we recognize her special place as Mother of Christ and therefore Mother of Christ’s Church.
Five years after a person dies, a
After more investigation the Congregation for the Cause of Saints can recommend to the pope that the person be beatified. This means that the person can be honored in public worship limited to a specific diocese or area. After beatification the person receives the title Blessed.
Finally the Congregation can recommend canonization. When the