Pope Francis sent this message to the "Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons, and the Lay Faithful" on November 24, 2013. He discussed evangelical outreach and inequality in the financial system.
Here I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality. In this context, and on the basis of the teaching of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium , I have decided, among other themes, to discuss at length the following questions:
a ) the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;
b ) the temptations faced by pastoral workers;
c ) the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes;
d ) the homily and its preparation;
e ) the inclusion of the poor in society;
f ) peace and dialogue within society;
g ) the spiritual motivations for mission
I have dealt extensively with these topics, with a detail which some may find excessive. But I have done so, not with the intention of providing an exhaustive treatise but simply as a way of showing their important practical implications for the Church's mission today. All of them help give shape to a definite style of evangelization which I ask you to adopt in every activity which you undertake. In this way, we can take up, amid our daily efforts, the biblical exhortation: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say: Rejoice" ( Phil 4:4).