“The commemoration of half a millennium of evangelization will have its full meaning it it is your commitment as bishops together with your priests and people; commitment, not of re-evangelization, but of a new evangelization; new in its ardor, its methods, in its expression.” (Address to the Assembly of CELAM, 1983).
“Above all, there is a new awareness that missionary activity is a matter for all Christians, for all dioceses and parishes, Church institutions and associations… I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” (Redemptoris missio, 2,3).
“Looking at today’s world from the standpoint of evangelization, we can distinguish three situations. First, there is the situation which the Church’s missionary activity address: peoples, groups, and socio-cultural contexts in which Christ and his Gospel are not known… Secondly, there are Christian communities with adequate and solid ecclesial structures. They are fervent in their faith and in Christian living… Thirdly, there is an intermediate situation, particularly in countries with ancient Christian roots, and occasionally in the younger Churches as well, where entire groups of the baptized have lost a living sense of the faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and live a life far removed from Christ and his Gospel. In this case what is needed is a “new evangelization” or a “re-evangelization.” (Redemptoris missio, 33).