I believe I am making a work worth mentioning that in a few days a large group of young people belonging to the Catholic alliance will devote a few weeks to learning and studying the great mastery of the Polish pope. This is the usual summer school organized every year by the association founded by Giovanni Cantoni. “It is not enough to say ‘holy now’ to keep the memory alive, we have to study his Magisterium,” states National Regent Marco Invernizzi.
The news comforts me because I also had the idea of offering my contribution on the great Polish pope through a study (a collection of significant texts on Pope Wojtyla) that finally found a compatible publisher for publication in a few months.
John Paul II represents an important period in each of us, in addition to the subjective assessment he wishes to attribute to the 27 years, exactly from 1978 to 2005.
“Anyone who spent that period in the Catholic Alliance knows how much the Polish pope and his magisterium influenced the inner life of the association. In particular, there is an expression that summarizes the pontificate and that entered the Directory of the Catholic Alliance to qualify. its apostolic and counter-revolutionary commitment: “New evangelism”it is the effort to not only defend what is left of dying Christianity, as opposed to all stages of the ongoing revolutionary process, but also and above all to work for rebuild environments that they help those who want to live in a world that is becoming more and more distant and hostile to the Christian faith. Building environments, almost off micro-Christianitynot to shut themselves off, not to “judge” the outside world with contempt, but so that they are like outposts in mission countries that communicate and demonstrate with their lives that it is still possible to “live” the faith, incarnate it in a culture and in a concrete experience, including political “(Marco Invernizzi, Summer School at St. John Paul II, 10.7.22, alleanzacattolica.org).
“It is a whole world that must be rebuilt from the ground up,” said Pius XII (February 10, 1952), proposing a new evangelism. Then, with John Paul II, the formula takes shape, and the term is first used in Krakow in 1979, during the important apostolic journey to the pope’s homeland, where he began the process leading to the end of Polish communist rule.
“New evangelism” it is certainly a way of re-presenting the gospel with greater enthusiasm, as if starting from scratch, that is, from the nihilism that characterizes contemporary man after decades of rejection of tradition. “New evangelism” it means preaching the gospel in today’s situation, also re-establishing a culture that gives a judgment on the various spheres of public life. Something similar was done by another great pope, Leo XIII (1878-1903), after Risorgimento, when Catholics were in opposition, marginalized by an anti-church state.
The founder of Alleanza Cattolica, Giovanni Cantoni, understood all this and wrote it in writing in 2000, commenting on the spread of the third part of Fatima’s secret and thus explaining the different way of presenting the revolution: “The actualization of this effort involves, for example, the observation that the work of the revolution in certain historical seasons consists in cutting down the structures and institutions that somehow exempt man from generic life difficulties, while in epochs of fragmentation carried out this work turns out to be intended to prevent the construction of shelters, that is, institutions and structures that help human life, individual and social “ (in Alleanza Cattolica, The dedication to the undefiled heart of Mary in the light of Fatima’s message. Texts and documentsChristianity, 2022).
There is no doubt that today we live in this second era, where the construction of shelters is essential, as Cantoni writes, of environments that are not closed about themselves, but able to propose themselves, to to fascinate, to show the joy that comes from faith, as he explains to Pope Francis in the exhortation Evangelii gaudium (2013). And in this perspective, the doctrine of John Paul II can still yield much, indeed, it has not yet expressed all its riches, even though some make an effort to study it.
Therefore, through this summer school, we will try to show all the beauty of the Pope’s mastery, completely unknown to today’s twenties, who often have not even heard of it. The intention is to show the many aspects of his Magisterium, we will try to make his teachings known to those who have not known him at all, neither in life nor after his death. It is a small contribution that Alleanza Cattolica wants to make to the Pope, who today is a saint, for the great good he has aroused with his words and with his life.