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Pope exhorts laity to proclaim Gospel with more effort

Pope John Paul II has encouraged Catholics "to assume with greater determination" their specific task to proclaim the Gospel in society.

Before praying the Angelus with the pilgrims gathered on Sunday in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father explained that the "evangelical animation of the temporal order is a duty of every baptised person, in particular of the lay faithful."

He delivered that message on the day marking the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium.

This text, he said, "constituted a milestone in the journey of the Church on the paths of the contemporary world and stimulated the people of God to assume, with greater determination, their responsibilities in the building of that Kingdom of Christ which will only have its fulfillment beyond history."

The Pope also pointed to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, published in October by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as a new aid for the faithful. The Pope made a special point to thank the council for its contribution.

"To achieve its objective, however, every human effort must be supported by prayer," the Holy Father added.

Pope Exhorts Laity to Proclaim Gospel With More Effort (Zenit 21/11/04)

"Lumen Gentium" marks 40th Anniversary (Vatican Information Service 21/11/04)
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium
Build Christ's Kingdom, Pope urges (Catholic World News 22/11/04)
Pope Warns Against Changes to Marriage (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 22/11/04)
John Paul II Asks Faithful to Remember Contemplatives (Zenit 21/11/04)
Cardinal Aramburu Remembered Fondly by Pope (Zenit 21/11/04)
In Observance of "Lumen Gentium" Anniversary (Zenit 21/11/04)

23 Nov 2004