February 28, 2011

Evangelization will be effective only when the people spreading the Gospel truly believe and live Christ's message themselves, Pope Benedict said.

God needs to be at the centre of every person's life, he said Feb. 18 during a meeting with bishops from the Philippines, who were making ad limina visits to report on the status of their dioceses.

The great task of evangelization is "to propose a personal relationship with Christ as key to complete fulfillment," the pope said.

"New initiatives in evangelization will only be fruitful if, by the grace of God, those proposing them are people who truly believe and live the message of the Gospel themselves," he said.