Archbishop Rowan Williams

Archbishop Rowan Williams

October 22, 2012

VATICAN CITY - Evangelization is not a project, but the natural "overflow" of an experience of Christ and his Church that transforms lives, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion told the Synod of Bishops.

"Those who know little and care even less about the institutions and hierarchies of the Church these days" nevertheless are attracted and challenged by Christians whose lives show they have been transformed by their encounter with Christ, said Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury.

The leader of the Anglican Communion was invited by Pope Benedict to deliver a major address at the synod on the new evangelization Oct. 10.

Presenting the Gospel means being confident that it has a distinctive, life-giving message, Williams said. Confidence in the message, and not in oneself, can be cultivated only through contemplation.

He urged the synod to support the Taize ecumenical community and similar ecumenical efforts that help people learn prayer and contemplation.