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Beginning again from God

· Benedict XVI to the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity ·

“The Question of God,” is the theme of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, currently meeting in Rome. An audience with participants from the meeting, held this morning, Friday, November 25, in the Sala Clementina at the Vatican, gave Benedict XVI the opportunity to return to what he considers the “main question,” that is, bringing God back to the center of the human scene. “Beginning again from God,” said the Pope, is the way, “to recognize man in all of his dimensions, and his full dignity.”

The international meeting organized by the Pontifical Council, such as World Youth Day, contribute to this mission. They are important events also, “in view of the great ecclesial events which we will celebrate next year,” said the Pope, such as the XIII ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith.

The Pope referred in particular to an event organized last year in Seoul, mentioning those Catholic lay people who courageously work in Asia. “Thanks to their faith, vast fields of evangelization are opening for the Church in the third millennium.”

World Youth Days open up similar horizons. Benedict XVI referred in particular to the recent day in Madrid, which he called, “an extraordinary cascade of light, joy and hope.” Thanks to this, the Pope said, “no one could remain indifferent. No one could think that the question of God is irrelevant to modern man.”

The Pope then issued the invitation to, “begin again from God,” to contrast that mentality which today pushes man to renounce all references to the transcendent. “The spread of such a mentality has generated the crisis we are experiencing today which, more than an economic and social crisis, is a crisis of meaning and values.”

“How can we reawaken the question of God?” the Pope asked. For Christians, the answer is simple, “God becomes known through men and women who know him: the road to him passes through those who have encountered him.”

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