CHURCHES IN EUROPE: CCEE, DROP IN CALLINGS AND THE CHALLENGE OF SECULARISATION ” “(2)” “

"Any form of calling-related education – the delegate of Ccee goes on – must be centred on Christ Himself. Speaking of callings without referring to Christ makes no sense. Because it is not us who are called. It is always Christ who calls. It is Jesus who says: come and follow me". The fact is, the statistics about calls to priesthood and religious life in Europe have been decreasing for years, and a bit everywhere. Are the European bishops worried? "Yes, they are – don Remery goes on –. Because one can see such a major drop in the numbers. But there’s not just a drop in the number of callings. There’s also a generally big drop in the number of devotees. So, if we want to boost callings, then we have to work to promote the message of Christian life to Europe". The Francis-effect on this trend is still hard to measure. "Such measurements – Remery comments – take time to be really grounded. What we can certainly see today is that Pope Francis’ insistence on a life of prayer, on one’s personal friendship with Jesus, on care for other people, is certainly having an influence on people and the way of looking at callings. I recently spoke to some young people, and they confirmed that the Pope’s words have an impact on the life of these young people, they get into their hearts". (continued) 

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