CHURCHES IN EUROPE: CCEE, DROP IN CALLINGS AND THE CHALLENGE OF SECULARISATION

The European bishops are worried about the drop in the number of callings in Europe because of the attendant drop in the number of Christian devotees in the continent. That’s why the need for a new announcement of Christ, especially to young people, comes to the fore in an increasingly clear manner. "How can one speak of calling to someone who does not know Christ? Only after announcing Christ can one propose a path to follow". This is how don Michel Remery, vice-secretary general of the Council of European Bishops Conferences (Ccee), speaks to SIR about the theme of the meeting of bishops and pastoral calling directors of the Bishops Conferences and Religious Congregations, due to open in Warsaw tomorrow (until July 6th). "Christo-centric education to serve callings today" is the name of the meeting, during which the educational and training processes started in European countries, such as Poland, France, Portugal and England, will be compared. In addition, "God’s call in today’s world" confronted with the "challenges of a secularised society" will also be dealt with. "The essence of secularisation – don Remery explains – is but the loss of the feel of God’s importance for one’s life and the loss of God’s closeness". Because of this, this year Ccee decided to focus on the subject of "Christo-centric education". (continued) 

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