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Pope: U.S. Catholics Must Lead Church Revival
US Bishops Issue Document on New Evangelization
Catholic Voices heeds Pope's call for public witness in US
"“Derided as Simple-Minded” [Justice Scalia to Catholics: "Brave the Scorn of the Worldly"]
Father Cantalamessa's 4th Advent Sermon: "The Current Wave of Evangelization" (Catholic Caucus)

Father Cantalamessa's 3rd Advent Sermon: "The First Evangelization of the American Continent"
Father Cantalamessa's 2nd Advent Sermon: "The Second Wave of Evangelization" (For History Buffs)
Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon:"The First Wave of Evangelization" [Cath/Ortho Caucus]
Vatican considering dialogue with non-believers in Chicago and DC
From sinner to saved, from Cameroon to Zagreb; Two Men Talk of Hope
Court: Evangelism is free speech [Dearborn, Michigan]
The Need of Zeal
New Missionary Age: New Year Calls Catholics to the New Evangelization
Retrieving the Strays
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] It’s Time to Obey Christ and His Command that We Evangelize

New Evangelization: Faith Clips featured on EWTN
Obedience vs. Conscience (Help Lapsed Catholics Return to Christ and His Church) [Caucus]
Magazine: Growing Trend--Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism
Young Evangelicals Crossing The Tiber
[ECUMENICAL] Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism
Benedict XVI Creates Council for New Evangelization -- Will Be Dedicated to Secularized Christian Countries
A Tri-Lingual Catholic Blitz: An Interview with Carlos Caso-Rosendi [JW now Catholic evangelizer]
Evangelize? Sorry, But I’m Catholic!
I’ve never seen Catholics evangelize!
Evangelization: In with the 'new,' while maintaining the old

Priests and laity both responsible for evangelization, asserts Spanish bishop
They Know I’m Catholic, Right?
Why Evangelize?
Pope Benedict creates 'new evangelization' Curial Department: headed by Pro-Abort
A Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization to be Formed? Bring it On!
Pope expected to create new dicastery to re-evangelize Europe, US
Report Says Pope to Launch 'Pontifical Council for New Evangelization'
Archbishop Gomez urges laity to evangelize 'de-Christianized' American culture
Pope invites Christians to join in 'new, intense evangelization'
Coming Home Network: a Catholic apostolate for converts
New Catholic radio station launches ‘channel of evangelization’ in Phoenix
A New Missionary Age: The Year that was and the Year that will be are a Prelude.

Mary is the star that guides us to holiness, says Holy Father during Angelus [Catholic Caucus]
Pope Benedict to Visit London: Is the Rebirth of a Christian Europe Underway?
Catholics are coming home
Cardinal George's Plan to Evangelize America
Jews protest Catholic document on evangelization
Singapore prime minister: Evangelization threatens nation’s stability
Go! Rebuild My Church! [Catholic Caucus]
Ordinations End Shanghai Diocese's Celebration of 400 Years of Evangelization
(Catholic Caucus) Pontiff Says Word of God Is Church's Priority

[Oregon] Rosary Bowl focuses on links between prayer, evangelization
Editorial: The Pew report is an invitation to New Evangelization
Do not be afraid [of evangelization] Catholic Caucus
Catholic Schools Must Commit to the "New Evangelization", Australian Bishops Exhort
Denver Archbishop, Catholic young adults take faith to downtown streets
Mel’s Passion, the New Evangelization and You
Catholics plan 'Passion' evangelism
The Heart of an Apostle If you want to make converts, begin by converting your own heart
Catholic Caucus: 12 Painless Ways to Evangelize
Announcing New Life -- Christians are called to be not only defenders of life but also restorers

6 posted on 04/26/2012 3:53:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Building on today's first reading. Evangelization by Way of Disaster

Evangelization by Way of Disaster

How Christianity came to Ethiopia

Evangelization by Way of Disaster

The government official baptized by Philip in Acts 8: 38 returned home to Ethiopia. And then what? Did he spread the gospel?

Did other Ethiopians become Christians? Perhaps a few did. But the large-scale evangelization of Ethiopia did not occur until three centuries later. And it happened by accident.

The accident involved a man named Frumentius, from the city of Tyre (in modern Lebanon), sometime near the beginning of the fourth century. The account that survives is sketchy. But it seems that Frumentius took a trip through the Red Sea. Unfortunately, his ship sank near the African coast. At the time, this must have seemed like an unmitigated disaster. But it turned out to be a fortunate event for Ethiopia. (Is there such a thing as being shipwrecked in the Spirit? See Acts 27.)

Frumentius got to shore and traveled inland to Aksum, the capital of Ethiopia at that time. There he met the emperor and his son. Frumentius was a Christian, and he shared the gospel with the two royal figures. The son, Ezana, became a believer. In 330, when Ezana succeeded to the throne, he established Christianity as the religion of the land.

At this point, Frumentius traveled north to Egypt to consult with the bishop of Alexandria, the great Athanasius. St. Athanasius ordained Frumentius a bishop and sent him back to spearhead the continuing evangelization of Ethiopia.

Christianity took deep root in Ethiopia. Historically, the church in Ethiopia has had strong ties with the church in Egypt. At present, about two-thirds of Ethiopians are Christians. The great majority belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. There is also a small Catholic minority.

Frumentius lived long enough to see some of the good that God brought out of the shipwreck he experienced. His story encourages us to trust that God can bring good out of the disasters we experience as well.

This is taken from Kevin Perrotta’s Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.

7 posted on 04/26/2012 4:19:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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