Pope Benedict has chosen “new evangelization” as the theme for the next world Synod of Bishops in 2012.
The pope said the topic reflects a need to re-evangelize in countries where Christian faith and practice have declined, and where people “have even moved away from the Church.”
The pope made the announcement at the end of his homily at the closing Mass Oct. 24 for the special Synod of Bishops for the Middle East.
The pope said he chose the next synod topic, “The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith,” after consulting with the world’s episcopate.
He recently created the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, and has made re-evangelizing a main theme of his pontificate.