Navigating The New Evangelization

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Compiling the meditations that he delivered at the Papal Household of Pope Benedict XVI during Advent 2010 and 2011, Fr. Cantalamessa traces the waves of evangelization from the first centuries of Christianity to the present day. On this horizon where history, geography, and culture meet, he propels us toward the shores of the new evangelization. Diving into scientific atheism, rationalism, and secularism, Cantalamessa navigates through the major modern challenges that the announcement of the Gospel encounters. His writing is anchored in quotes from Scripture, the Church Fathers, Vatican Councils, papal documents, saints, doctors of the Church, theologians, philosophers, poets, authors, and scientists. By mapping out the route that evangelization has taken, Cantalamessa provides readers with a compass steering them not only toward an understanding of the new evangelization, but also toward putting that understanding into practice.

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  • Authored by the Preacher of the Papal Household since 1980 
  • Foreword written by Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, SLD from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis 
  • Provides a historical context for approaching the new evangelization 
  • Includes responses to current challenges to the faith 
  • Acknowledges the realities of the digital age 
  • Analyzes culture to present obstacles to evangelization 
  • Addresses contemporary schools of thought 
  • Utilizes analogies and anecdotes to clarify explanations 
  • Invites the reader to experience the book as a summons to participating in the new evangelization


About the Author:

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., was appointed by Pope John Paul II Preacher to the Papal Household in 1980 and has continued to serve in this capacity during the papacies of both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He holds two doctorates, in divinity and classical literature, and several honorary degrees. Father Cantalamessa has published numerous books on theology and spirituality, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. When he is not engaged in preaching, he lives in a hermitage at Cittaducale (Rieti), Italy, ministering to a small community of cloistered nuns.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"From early missionaries to medieval monks, zealous friars to spirited artists, battling scientism to engaging modern atheists, Father Cantalamessa shows what worked in the past and applies it to today. If you want to understand the New Evangelization and carry it out, read this insightful primer by one of its greatest proponents."
Brandon Vogt, author of The Church and New Media and Catholicism: The New Evangelization Study Guide

"Father Cantalamessa has crafted a book that Catholic evangelizers of every stripe will find informative, intriguing, thought-provoking, and inspiring."
Sherry Weddell, Co-Director, Catherine of Siena Institute, and author of Forming Intentional Disciples

"[Navigating the New Evangelization] offers a compelling critique of atheistic scientism, rationalism, and secularism while drawing the reader ever more into the heart of Christ's message and the Church. The words of Christ, the lives of the saints and holy men and women, and the teachings of the Church are echoed in every page. This text offers an excellent contribution to the New Evangelization."
The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL, Bishop of Green Bay, Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

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