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Rise of Secularism Risks Making World Inhospitable, Warns Pope


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ABSTRACTZENIT - Rise of Secularism Risks Making World Inhospitable, Warns Pope Indexed Archive | Advanced Search | The World Seen From Rome Zenit? All about Zenit Testimonies Services Conditions of use How is Zenit financed Prizes and Recognitions Faqs Identity and Organization Technical Problems Receive zenit Subscribe by Email Unsubscribe Gift-Subscriptions Zenit in RSS Zenit on your Web Conditions of use Problems receiving Zenit Support zenit Send a donation How is Zenit financed Legal Status Participate Help Zenit Spread Zenit Give the gift of Zenit Recommend Zenit Contact us FAQ Identity and Organization Technical Problems Advertising Contact us English > See information Why I support ZENIT... SEND DONATION ZE12052406 - 2012-05-24 Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-34842?l=english Rise of Secularism Risks Making World Inhospitable, Warns Pope Addresses Italian Prelates at Annual General Assembly VATICAN CITY, MAY 24, 2012 ( Zenit.org ).- Benedict XVI addressed the 64th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference today, touching on the theme of "Adults in the community: mature in the faith and witnesses to humanity." Reflecting on the rise of secularism in Europe, the Pope warned that a decline in the value of the spiritual and moral patrimony of the Church would result in a world that risks being an “inhospitable desert and the good seed is suffocated, trampled upon and lost." “Unfortunately, it is God Himself who is excluded from the horizon of so many persons, and when the discourse on God does not meet with indifference, closure or rejection, it is nevertheless relegated to the subjective realm, reduced to an intimate and private event, marginalized from the public conscience," he said. “The heart of the crisis that wounds Europe passes through this abandonment, this lack of openness to the transcendent. It is a spiritual and moral crisis: man pretends to have an identity fulfilled simply in himself." The Pontiff discussed the importance of the Second Vatican Council in responding to the crisis of faith, where the conciliar assembly reflected on the question of “Church, what do you say of yourself” while exhorting the bishops to “become increasingly men of God." “We must let ourselves be found and seized by God, to help every person we meet to be reached by Truth," he said. "It .......