Proselytism of Europe is priority, says Pope , Benedict XVI - The Tablet
Pope Benedict XVI told the Vatican's most senior figures today that
the top priority for the coming years was the new evangelisation of
Europe. In his annual address to the Roman Curia, which serves as a
retrospective of the year, he said that "faith fatigue" or "the
oft-encountered sense of having had enough of Christianity" was
prevalent in Europe, and that faith had to "take on new life" in order
to reform the Church and resolve its problems. He acknowledged that
people in and outside the Church "are noticing with concern that regular
churchgoers are growing older all the time and that their number is
constantly diminishing; that recruitment of priests is stagnating; that
scepticism and unbelief are growing." The Pope cited the "wonderful"
experience of World Youth Day in Madrid that took place in August as "a
further remedy against faith fatigue". The Pope also noted the economic
and financial crisis engulfing Europe, which he said was ultimately
based on an ethical crisis , adding that the motivation is often lacking
for individuals and large sectors of society to practise renunciation
and make sacrifices.
Read the address here.