Vatican City, Feb 17, 2012 / 12:55 pm
In remarks to the Pope and the College of Cardinals, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan outlined a seven-point "creative strategy of evangelization" to counter secularism and bring people to Jesus.
"In many of the countries represented in this college, the ambient public culture once transmitted the Gospel, but does so no more. In those circumstances, the proclamation of the Gospel -- the deliberate invitation to enter into friendship with the Lord Jesus -- must be at the very center of the Catholic life of all of our people," he said on Feb. 17.
The Archbishop of New York's comments came during the College of Cardinal's day of prayer and reflection, held at the Vatican's New Synod Hall one day before the Feb. 18 consistory that will create 22 new cardinals.
New York's cardinal-to-be delivered his speech in Italian in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the college's dean. He drew on the words of Pope Benedict, Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and famous saints, urging the cardinals to remember the potential of all people for conversion.