Evangel is good news from God. It comes from eu, “good,” found mostly in Greek words., and angel, a messenger (from God). The four great canonical evangelists are Rabbi Matityahu, Rabbi Marcus, Rabbi Lucas, and Rabbi Yokhanan.
During the past half century great numbers of Jews, Catholics, sola Scriptura believers, and others have abandoned God and taken up secular interests. The Catholic Church has responded with a “New Evangelization” intended for the baptized, to lead our own back home.
The dividing line between traditional and new evangelization is that traditional evangelization concentrates on persons who have never been exposed to Church teaching. The New Evangelization concentrates on fallen-away Catholics.
§ 905 Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, “that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life.” For lay people, “this evangelization … acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world. This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers … or to the faithful
§ 2044 The fidelity of the baptized is a primordial condition for the proclamation of the Gospel and for the Church’s mission in the world. In order that the message of salvation can show the power of its truth and radiance before men, it must be authenticated by the witness of the life of Christians. The witness of a Christian life and good works done in a supernatural spirit have great power to draw men to the faith and to God.
§ 2472 The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known. All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation.