Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Witness to Christ in the Political Community

Witnesses to Christ in the Political Community

VATICAN CITY, 18 MAY 2010 (VIS) - The twenty-fourth plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity will take place in Rome from 20 to 22 May on the theme: "Witnesses to Christ in the political community".

A communique on the event explains how "Benedict XVI has, on various occasions, highlighted the pressing need for a renewed commitment of Catholics in political life".

The Pontifical Council will address the theme over the course of the three-day congress with a schedule of events that includes round table discussions and debates.
Among the major addresses during the meetings, Cardinal Camillo Ruini is scheduled to speak on the “Church and political community,” while Archbishop Rino Fisichella will cover “The responsibility of the lay faithful in politics.” Other talks will examine guidelines for formation of the lay faithful in politics and the role of politics in history and democracy.
The “fundamental and greatly anticipated moment” of the conference, according to the meeting's organizers, is the audience between participants and the Pope at noon on May 21.
The final day of the conference will see the dicastery’s secretary, Bishop Josef Clemens will speak about the past programs of the council and what its future plans are

Last year Pope Benedict said:
"In a special way, I reaffirm the necessity and urgency of the evangelical formation and pastoral accompaniment of a new generation of Catholics involved in politics, that they would be coherent with their professed faith," morally upright, professional and passionate about serving the common good."

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