In his ˘Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church,÷ announced on December 7, 1965, Pope Paul VI outlined the evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church. He explained that Catholics had been:
Divinely sent to the nations of the world to be unto them ˘a universal sacrament of salvation,÷ the Church, driven by the inner necessity of her own catholicity, and obeying the mandate of her Founder, strives ever to proclaim the Gospel to all men. The Apostles themselves, on whom the Church was founded, following in the footsteps of Christ, ˘preached the word of truth and begot churches.÷ It is the duty of their successors to make this task endure ˘so that the word of God may run and be glorified÷ and the kingdom of God be proclaimed and established throughout the world.÷
Thus, Pope Paul VI made clear that it is the obligation of every Catholic to ˘preach the world of truth,÷ that word being the tenets of Catholicism.
Subsequently, in 1992, the United States Conference of Bishops (Conference) issued a document titled Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States. In this document, the Conference explained evangelization to mean ˘bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.÷ It also revisit