February 16, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The Pope met with 70 cardinals and bishops at the Second Symposium of the European and African Bishops.
During his speech, the pope said, both continents need young, generous and responsible people to take charge of their future. To achieve this, he asked them to help the new generation in their formation. Benedict XVI
“In the societies of Africa and Europe there are many forces of good, many of which take part in parishes. They are distinguished by a commitment to personal holiness and an apostolic mission. I hope that with your help, they can become more active and vital for the New Evangelization.”
This is the second Symposium of its kind. It's a way to discuss the challenges faced by the Church, including ways both Africa and Europe can collaborate in promoting the New Evangelization. Card. Peter Erdö
President, Episcopal Conferences of Europe“Evangelization is always the same, but today, people and the atmosphere is different. Even if society goes against all believers, all Catholics, must deepen our own personal convictions. We find great heroes and great saints in Africa that represent a great example of spiritual wealth.”
Card. Peter Turkson
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace“Communion in the Church is a communion between Europe and Africa. In a way it shows that Africa is not alone. The Church in Africa has its problems, but Europe is facing other issues like secularism, etc.”
Other issues were also discussed during the meeting including the role of European missionaries in Africa, immigration and the future of the Church in both these continents.