ed Pope Paul VIĂs 1975 message titled ˘Evangelii Nuntiandi÷ (On Evangelization in the Modern World), in which the Pope reaffirmed the evangelizing mission of the Church. This duty to evangelize ű to be disciples for God ű is a basic duty of all Catholics because all Catholics follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who was GodĂs disciple. Thus the Bishops explained that Jesus has commanded Catholics to evangelize so that they may enlighten people as he did:
All Catholics, therefore, have an obligation to proclaim to the world the salvation that can be found in Jesus Christ through the Spirit of God (U.S. Conference of Bishops). Part of being a Catholic is their duty to evangelize because the Lord Jesus commanded them to do so. This evangelizing mission is endless, with the hopes of stirring and stimulating all peoples of all nations of the world to become disciples of Jesus Christ (U.S. Conference of Bishops).
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The Lord Jesus, ˘the way and the truth and the life,÷ came to us as a teacher, opening for us the wisdom that not only leads to life eternal but also leads to a human fulfillment that reflects the dignity and mystery of our nature. Unless people know the grandeur for which they are made, they cannot reach fulfillment and their lives will be incomplete. Nor will they know that they are called into interpersonal union with God and with each other. The intimate union that Jesus revealed in his life, being one with the Father and rejoicing in the Holy Spirit, can envelop our lives. This is the union in which Jesus wishes al