May 19, 2023

2023 Evangelization Supplement

Evangelization versus proselytization

“Evangelization goes out to others and listens to them; proselytization excludes others and simply talks at them.

“Evangelization is a proclamation of Jesus, allowing people to have an encounter with Christ; proselytization is proud and convinced that it has all the answers.

“Evangelization trusts in the Holy Spirit as the true evangelist, as the one who makes converts; proselytization believes it’s up to us, to the force of our arguments and persuasive power.”

—points from homily by Pope Francis on Aug. 5, 2013, summarized by Chris Sparks at

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