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It is a great honor for me to serve as the Re-lator General at this Synod and I am grate-ful to our Holy Father for this privilege. As we begin our deliberations on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of theChristian Faith, I want to touch on a num- ber of points that I hope will help focus ourdiscussion and provide some themes for re-flection.None of us come to this Synod without pre- vious preparation realized in our own pas-toral ministry, but also supported by the work of the General Secretariat of the Synodof Bishops that produced first the Linea-menta that resulted in suggestions and rec-ommendations from episcopal conferences,synods of the Catholic churches sui iuris,the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, bishops without any episcopal conference and theUnion of Superiors General. Observationsalso came from individual bishops, women
 
and men in consecrated life and the laity,not to mention various Church movementsand organizations. Most recently we are the beneficiaries of the Instrumentum laboris, which provides a carefully developed reflec-tion on the New Evangelization. The Instru-mentum is already a framework for much of the Synod’s discussion and I intend to high-light certain areas which can be moredeeply developed. Throughout this presen-tation I make reference to the Instrumen-tum laboris.In my observations, I include the followingpoints:1) What or Who it is we proclaim – the Word of God;2) recent resources to help us in our task;3) particular circumstances of our day thatrender this Synod necessary;
 
4) elements of the New Evangelization;5) some theological principles for the New Evangelization;6) qualities of the new evangelizers; and fi-nally,7) charisms of the Church today to assist intask of the New Evangelization.1) What / Who we proclaimOur proclamation is focused on Jesus, hisGospel and his way. Christian life is defined by an encounter with Jesus. When Jesusfirst came among us, he offered a wholenew way of living. The excitement spread asGod’s Son, who is also one of us, announcedthe coming of the kingdom. The invitationto discipleship and a place in the kingdomthat he held out to those who heard him, hecontinues to offer today. This has been truefor 20 centuries. As his message was more

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