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Published on Oct 7, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has officially opened the Synod of Bishops on the theme of the New Evangelization. During Mass with the bishops attending the Synod, he also proclaimed Saint John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen Doctors of the Church. The In his Homily Pope Benedict said: "In every time and place, evangelization always has as its starting and finishing points Jesus Christ, the Son of God (cf. Mk 1:1); and the Crucifix is the supremely distinctive sign of him who announces the Gospel: a sign of love and peace, a call to conversion and reconciliation". He noted two aspects of announcing the Gospel: those who do not yet know Jesus Christ and his message of salvation, and those who, though baptized, ...