Vatican City, Jun 19, 2012 / 15:46 pm
The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been unveiled.
"The purpose of the new evangelization is the transmission of the Christian faith, the urgent task of transmitting to new generations the Gospel of Jesus Christ," said Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, at a June 19 press conference.
The 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will bring bishops from all over the world to Rome from October 7-28 to discuss the theme of "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith." The gathering coincides with the launch of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith, which will begin on October 11.
Archbishop Eterovic explained that the working document or "Instrumentum laboris" consists of a preface, introduction, four chapters and a conclusion, which are the fruit of consultations with the worldwide Church for over a year.
Archbishop Eterovic said he hopes the synod would be "an opportunity to discuss and compare points of view and practical experiences" of evangelization.