Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

November 26, 2012

The Church’s New Evangelization and its call to share the faith is the responsibility of all Catholics, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington.

“It’s our moment . . . it’s our turn to share in this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, this new Pentecost,” he said.

That sense of a “new Pentecost” unfolding in the Church, he said, was shared by the 250 bishops from around the world who participated in the world Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization convened by Pope Benedict Oct. 7-28.

Just as the first disciples were called by Jesus to be his witnesses, Wuerl said, today’s Catholics must be witnesses to the good news and help others encounter the risen Christ in a world where many have not heard the Gospel or have drifted away or grown lukewarm in their faith.

The challenges that the early Church faced in bringing Christ to an indifferent or even hostile culture mirror those of our times, he said.