This text expands the Introduction on the main introductory page
The gift of faith in Jesus Christ is for many people a very treasured and personal thing, which they rightly cherish in the depths of their hearts. While our faith is personal it should never be private, rather it is a gift to be shared.
As members of the Church we are all called to play our part in a new evangelisation, an evangelisation that is “new in its ardour, new in its methods and new in its expression” (Pope John Paul II).
The Church “exists in order to evangelise” (Pope Paul VI, Evangelisation in the Modern World 14) and a deep commitment to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is and always has been central to what it means to be a Christian. The times we are living in and the challenges we face make this task all the more urgent and the teaching Church reminds us clearly that it is a task for every member of God’s family to become involved in, each in our own unique way
Pope Francis reminds us that we do not do this in our own strength, rather our strength and motivation for mission come from a renewed and joyful encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.
Pope Francis writes “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them” (The Joy of the Gospel, 3).
If we are open to it this renewed encounter will naturally lead us to a new sense of mission. Pope Francis is clearly expressing his wish to “encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelisation marked by this joy” (The Joy of the Gospel, 1).