FRANCE: THE "STATES GENERAL OF CHRISTIANITY" TAKING PLACE IN LILLE. PRESENTI 3.000 PERSONE

From 23rd to 25th September, for the very first time in the history of the Catholic Church of France, Lille is hosting the "States General of Christianity". The event – which has brought there 3 thousand people – is organised on the initiative of the weekly “La Vie” and revolves around the question: "Does our age need God?” Nearly 3,000 people are taking part in the initiative in the premises of the Catholic University of Lille. The programme includes 3 forums, 30 debates, 12 workshops, moments of prayer and speeches from a wide variety of protagonists of the Church and society, such as theologians, artists and intellectuals. The three main forums will focus on three key subjects: "What is the Christian presence in the public debate?", "Is a new Council needed?" and "Does evangelising mean provoking?". Mgr. Laurent Ulrich, archbishop of Lille, explains: "The time has come to give a voice to Christians from different worlds, people who live in those ‘circles’ of the Church that do not automatically talk to each other". "Our age – the prelate goes on – needs God just like the earlier or later ages do. However, nowadays we have a chance to talk about that" and there are "Christians who are willing to tell about the deep reasons for their faith and bear witness to them".

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