The Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate received the text of a report from the Church of Greece's Holy Synod given by Metropolitan Nectarios of Kerkira and Paksonos on the subject of "Re-evangelization of the people - new perspectives". The report was presented at one of the sessions of the Holy Synod of the Greek Church and reflects its position on this subject.
The document describes a highly prioritized direction which must be taken by the Church - a new evangelization of the Greek society. This is essential because at the present time the faith is understood by many as a cultural tradition rather than a part of a person's life experience.
According to the Holy Synod serious attention must be given to the formation of educated pastors since under present conditions the expectations from pastors have risen considerably. They must be knowledgeable not only in theology but in other categories of knowledge.
There is a further emphasis on the importance of pastoral concern with young people. Spiritual nurture must begin from childhood and continue through the years of growth through the student years in institutions of higher education. Young people are especially in need of pastoral support thus the Church's presence in the institutions of higher education is essential. Laity with higher theological education should be recruited for work in catechization and groups special instructors should be formed to work with children.
In addition to the above the life of the parish must be organized anew in order that it would acquire the marks of a Eucharistic community. As a result, the parishioners would more actively participate in the Church's liturgical life.
A special effort must be placed on mass media. Significance is given to radio programs, the establishment of Church-sponsored internet sites and publication of periodicals oriented towards young people, according to the Communication Service of the OECR of the MP.
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