Cardinal Turkson on the Social Repercussions of the Kerygma. III Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities (22 November, 2014)

The Social Repercussions of the Kerygma: Paths of Inclusion for the Poor. The joy of the Gospel transforms life in the furthest peripheries of existence

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At the conclusion of the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, promoted and organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, which was held in Rome from 20 to November 22, His Em. Card. Peter Turkson gave a lecture on the theme: The social repercussions of the kerygma: paths of inclusion for the poor. The joy of the Gospel transforms life in the furthest peripheries of existence.

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“The Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy” (§ 21). With this sentence of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis inspired this entire Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities which I am honoured to address.

The keynote conferences and the panels have already explored many dimensions of the evangelizing or missionary vocation of ecclesial movements and new communities. Your identity, formation and ministries have been amply explored in the previous sessions. This afternoon we have the opportunity to reflect together on the social implications and repercussions of the Kerygma.

 After recalling (I.) some key ideas about the Kerygma, it will be Pope Francis who maps (II.) today’s peripheries of existence. We then propose (III.) a method of evangelization meant to be socially engaged and socially inclusive. Our conclusion (IV.) will return to the real joy of the Gospel, which is hope for the Church and all peoples. [READ ALL]