November 26, 2010.
Benedict XVI received various superior generals of the main religious orders who have gathered in Rome to discuss the challenges of religious life in the West. The Pope said that despite the declining number of priests, the Church will never cease to have consecrated people because this life has its origin in God.
Benedict XVI reminded that community life is “one of the factors that young people look for” when they approach the Church. That's why he asked them to pray, reflect and be “masters of discernment” to avoid falling into the “individualism, consumerism and materialism.”
According to the Pope, these obstacles make it difficult to live together and lessens the appeal of the consecrated life.
During the meeting the Pope also spoke about religious people who are persecuted for defending God.