Catholic leaders gather to counter decline of faith

Pope Benedict XVI leads the mass of the opening of the synod of bishops on October 7 in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The synod is to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the momentous Second Vatican Council.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating mass at the opening of the Synod of bishops on October 7 at St Peter's Square in the Vatican. The three-week synod coincides with the announcement on October 11 of a "Year of Faith" to mark the anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), which changed the face of Catholicism.Bishops attends a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI for the opening of the Synod of bishops on October 7 in St Peter's Square in the Vatican. The meeting will look at the discrimination of Christians in parts of the world including on the part of radical Islamists, as well as increasing competition from evangelical churches, particularly in the developing world.

AFP – Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday opened a meeting of Roman Catholic Church leaders from around the world to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the momentous Second Vatican Council.

The synod of 262 archbishops, bishops and other senior clerics heard a call from the pope for a “new evangelism” for the Catholic Church, which is fast losing followers in Europe and feels increasingly discriminated against in many parts of the world.

The three-week synod coincides with the announcement on October 11 of a “Year of Faith” to mark the anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), which changed the face of Catholicism.

   Bishops attends a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI for the opening of the Synod of bishops on October 7 in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The meeting will look at the discrimination of Christians in parts of the world including on the part of radical Islamists, as well as increasing competition from evangelical churches, particularly in the developing world.
    Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating mass at the opening of the Synod of bishops on October 7 at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The three-week synod coincides with the announcement on October 11 of a “Year of Faith” to mark the anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), which changed the face of Catholicism.
    Pope Benedict XVI celebretes a mass during the opening of the synod of bishops on October 7 in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The last synod on evangelism was called by Paul VI in 1974 but the crisis of faith in traditionally Christian countries was not as strong then.

 

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