“Go into all the world” - Cantalamessa about evangelization

Br. Raniero Cantalamessa, Capuchin and preacher of the papal household, talks in his Advent mediation before the Pope about Evangelization. In the invitation he describes his intention: “In response to the Supreme Pontiff’s call for a renewed commitment to evangelization and by way of preparation for the 2012 synod of bishops on the same issue, I intend to identify in these Advent meditations four waves of evangelization in the history of the Church, that is, four moments in which we witness an acceleration or a taking up again of the missionary commitment. These are:
1) The spread of Christianity in the first three centuries, until the eve of Constantine’s edict, which is led by, first, the itinerant prophets, and then the bishops;
2) The 6th to 9th centuries in which we witness the re-evangelization of Europe after the Barbarian invasions — evangelization led by the work above all of monks;
3) The 16th century, with the discovery and conversion to Christianity of the peoples of the “New World” — the work above all of friars;
4) The present age, which sees the Church committed to a re-evangelization of the secularized West, with the decisive participation of the laity. In each of these moments I shall attempt to illumine what we can learn in the Church of today: the errors that must be avoided and the examples to be imitated and the specific contribution that pastors, monks, religious of active life and the laity can make to evangelization.”
Read his reflection:
Friday December 2nd, 2011 
1st Advent Sermon
First Wave of Evangelization 
La prima ondata di evangelizzazione
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Friday December 9th, 2011
2nd Advent Sermon
The Second Wave of Evangelization
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free.
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