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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Philosophy, the media, and the new evangelization

Scheduled for 1:30pm–3:00pm Eastern Time, Plenary Session presentations and panel discussion 15
Chair: Robert Delfino (St. John’s University)

Speaker: Fr. Pawel Tarasiewicz (Adler-Aquinas Institute/International Étienne Gilson Society): “St. John Paul II: Apostle of the New Evangelization”

The paper consists of three parts. First, it delivers a short survey of the Church’s documents which a) provide the definition of ‘new evangelization’, and b) describe the distinction between “new evangelization” and “evangelization”. Secondly, it shows the specific way in which the “new evangelization” was understood by St. John Paul II. Finally, it traces the linkage between St. John Paul II’s model of ‘new evangelization’ and the future of the Western civilization.

Speaker: Sr. Margaret Obrovac (Daughters of St. Paul): “Crossing The Threshold of Hope into the Media Culture”

The “new atheism” and the “new evangelization” have become the buzzwords of the age. Atheism/agnosticism now constitutes one of the fastest growing “confessions” in the U.S. The new evangelization decisively shaped the conclave that elected Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy. Twenty years ago, in Crossing the Threshold of Hope, John Paul II reflected pastorally on some of the philosophical, spiritual, and cultural roots of both. His insights, embodied in Christians who live them, offer the Church a key to our times. If evangelization today is to announce the Gospel in the languages of today, what script might it use? What images might it evoke? What might its cadence be like?

Livestream of video from the Conference will be at the Holy Apostles College and Seminary YouTube Channel.

Next session scheduled for 3:30pm.

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