Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes Divinitus) (December 7, ), in Austin Flannery, ed., Vatican Council II: The. AD GENTES DIVINITUS Decree of the Second Vatican Council on the Church’s missionary activity. The Church’s mission is defined as. Ad Gentes (Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church) is a decree released during the Second Vatican Council that announces the Catholic Church’s.

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The light of Christ shines out from the Church in her mission efforts to unmask these evils, and to bring people to a as communion with God and each other.

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But it is not enough that the Christian people be present and be organized in a given nation, nor is it enough to carry out an apostolate by way of example. The question may still arise, Is it right to invite others to enjoy the gifts of Christ and his Church? For such an exalted task, the future missionary is to be prepared by a special spiritual and moral training.

Ad gentes focused on the factors involved in mission work. For many centuries, these institutes have borne the burden of the day and the heat, devoting themselves to missionary labor either entirely or in part. For them, she gladly spends and is spent cf. For it is only by putting to death what is old that we are able to approach the newness of life. We are enormously grateful for the devotion and skill with which Catholics in the teaching ministry lead the way: Let priests teach the faithful to pray for the missions, and let them not be ashamed to ask alms of them for this purpose, becoming like beggars for Christ and for the salvation of souls.

The reference is to expressions of this kind: It establishes evangelization as one of the fundamental missions of the Catholic Church and reaffirms the tie between evangelization and charity for the poor. Since the contemplative life belongs to the fullness of the Church’s presence, let it be put into effect everywhere. Imbued with the apostolic spirit, they labor much to make an outstanding and altogether necessary contribution to the spread divinltus the Faith and of the Church.


There are many rich opportunities to teach about mission in the parish: This universal design of God for the salvation of the human race is carried out not only, as it were, secretly in diviniitus soul of a man, or by the attempts even religious ones by which in diverse ways it seeks after God if perchance it may contact Him or find Him, though He be not far from anyone of us cf.

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Gfntes a Christian Community Theological studies should include a strong missionary emphasis. This mystery of Christ and of man’s salvation they can discover and live in the liturgy. Missionary activity is closely bound up even with human nature itself and its aspirations.

Dogmatic constitution, ” Divinitue Gentium ,” 9. That is why he is also called the New Adam Fostering the Missionary Spirit through Divonitus As in the past, the Holy Spirit is calling many Catholics to be missionaries across the globe. Concerning Pentecost as the consecration of the Apostles to their mission, cf.

It claims no other authority than that of ministering to men with the help of God, in a spirit of charity and faithful service cf.

Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today

That is to say, it is already equipped with its own supple perhaps still insufficient of local priests, Religious, and lay men, and is endowed with these institutions and ministries which are necessary for leading and expanding the life of the people of God under the guidance of their own bishop. Since this mission goes on and in the course of history unfolds the mission of Christ Himself, who was sent to preach the Gospel to the poor, the Church, prompted by the Holy Spirit, must walk in the same path on which Christ walked: Since the whole Church is missionary, and the work of evangelization is a basic duty of the People of God, this sacred synod invites all to a deep interior renewal; so that, having a vivid awareness of their own responsibility for spreading the Gospel, they may do their share in missionary work among the nations.


The Christian community should from the very start be so formed that it call provide nor its necessities insofar as this is possible. There are many dioceses, eparchies, and countries struggling with poverty, persecution, oppression, war, and immense suffering that need missionaries to witness to the light and love of Christ, bringing hope for the future. By the preaching of the word and by the celebration of the sacraments, the center and summit of which is the most holy Eucharist, He brings about the presence of Christ, the author of salvation.

They shall therefore plan their pastoral care in such a way that it will serve to spread the Gospel among non – Christians. The bishops, in turn, each one together with his own college of priests, being more and more imbued with the mind of Christ and of the Church, feel and live along with the universal Church.

It would be desirable for the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith to provide special funds for the due training and support of catechists. Since the Lord he believes in is a sign of contradiction cf. Decree ” Pastoral Duties of Bishops in the Church ” 35, These circumstances in turn depend sometimes on the Church, sometimes on the peoples or groups or men to whom the mission is directed.