In 2012, a worldwide Synod of Bishops will meet to discuss the theme of the “New Evangelization.” These meetings assist the Holy Father by presenting to him conclusions that are usually then incorporated into a special papal document.
The theme of “New Evangelization” refers to the need to re-announce the Gospel in places where it was once received but is being forgotten and replaced by secularism. This theme, of course, intersects with pro-life work, inasmuch as forgetting the Lord makes us forget the value of human life. Hence, New Evangelization includes, at its core, the proclamation of the sanctity of life.
Fr. Frank Pavone, at recent meetings at the Vatican, was invited to have the entire Priests for Life Pastoral Team prepare some input for the bishops who will be meeting at this Synod. In particular, they want input on the ways in which the Church, in promoting New Evangelization, is called to promote the pro-life message and foster pro-life activity.
As a guide for dioceses and associations which are giving such input on various themes, a document has been prepared by the committee that is organizing the Synod, and can be seen at www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20110202_lineamenta-xiii-assembly_en.html.
Discussions were held yesterday by the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, and Fr. Frank will be preparing the document this week resulting from those conversations.