|Inspiring new missionary zeal in service to justice
The following is a translation of the Holy Father's final words,
spoken in French, after the Mass in Yaoundé on the occasion of
the publication of the Instrumentum Laboris.
Dear Brother Bishops, Presidents of the National and Regional
Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar,
Here in Yaoundé fourteen years ago, on 14 September 1995, my
venerable Predecessor Pope John Paul II signed the Post-Synodal
Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Africa. Today it is a great joy for me
to present to you the text of the Instrumentum Laboris of the
Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which will
be held in Rome next October. The theme of this Assembly, "The Church in
Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace", which continues
along the path marked out by Ecclesia in Africa, is of great importyance
for the life of your continent, and for the life of the universal
Church. The Instrumentum Laboris is the fruit of your
reflections, drawing out important aspects of the ecclesial and social
situation of your countries of origin.
It reflects the great dynamism of the Church in Africa, but also the
challenges that must be faced, which the Synod will have to consider.
This evening I shall have an opportunity to speak at greater length on
this theme with the members of the Special Council For Africa of the
Synod of Bishops. My heartfelt wish is that the work of the Synodal
Assembly will contribute to an increased in hope for your peoples and
for the entire continent; that it will help to inspire each of your
local churches with new evangelical and missionary zeal in service to
reconciliation, justice and peace, according to the programme given us
by the Lord himself: "You are the salt of the earth... you are the light
of the world" (Mt 5:13-14). May the joy of the Church in Africa at the
celebration of this Synod be shared by the universal church!
And you, dear brothers and sisters, gathered here around your Bishops
in a way that symbolizes the Church which is present among all the
peoples of Africa, I invite you to keep the preparation and the
unfolding of this great ecclesial event in your prayers. May the Queen
of Peace sustain the efforts of all who work for reconciliation, justice
and peace! Our Lady of Africa, pray for us!
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25 March 2009, page 10
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