Theme: THE CALL TO LOVE
On January 25, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI released his first Encyclical “Deus Caritas Est.” As with all other papal encyclicals, the Latin title was taken from its first few words “God is Love,” a phrase from the First Letter of John that continues with “he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” The line, according to Pope Benedict, expresses the heart of the Christian faith, which understands the creator as a loving God and which sees Christ’s death as the ultimate sign of God’s love for man.
Theme: THE CALL TO SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
“You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world.” Mathew 5:13-14
Theme: CALLED TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL OF LIFE THE VATICAN’S SUMMARY OF “EVANGELIUM VITAE
From its very title, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), the new encyclical of Pope John Paul II demonstrates its highly positive character and its great spiritual thrust. While realistically countering unprecedented threats to life and the spread of a “culture of death,” the primary intention of the papal document is to proclaim the good news of the value and dignity of each human life, of its grandeur and worth, also in its temporal phase. The cause of life is in fact at the same time the cause of the Gospel and the cause of man, the cause entrusted to the church.
Theme: SHARING THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL Evangelii Gaudium : Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World
The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.