Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland

Encounter

welcomejesusThe purpose of evangelization is to lead people to encounter Christ. 

First, Pope Francis invites “all Christians everywhere at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ or at least an openness to letting him encounter them.”

This personal encounter is the key event in the life of every disciple that changes the direction of life, as we see happen so often in the lives of the disciples in the Scriptures.  As Pope Benedict XVI stated, “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty ideal, but the encounter with an event, a person which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”     (pgs. 9-10)

 

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