Jos, 31 October, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia in Nigeria has sent a message of solidarity with Catholic youths in Africa who are participating in the planned dialogue with Pope Francis, expressing hope that the young people will have a fruitful conversation with the Holy Father.
In the message circulated ahead of the Tuesday, November 1 dialogue, Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke exudes confidence that the Papal engagement with the young people will also lead to a renewal of the Church on the continent.
“I wish you a fruitful conversation with the Holy Father, and look forward to the renewal of the Church in Africa through your energy, creativity and resourcefulness,” Cardinal Okpaleke says in the message circulated by the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN), which has organized the initiative.
In his message, the Nigerian Cardinal expresses awe that technology has made interactions easy, noting that it is by virtual engagement that the young people from various African countries “separated by time and space”, will share insights, form networks and have a chat with Pope Francis.
“On this occasion of the African Youth Digital Synodal conversation with the Holy Father Pope Francis, we thank God, who through the creativity of human beings, many of who were young people, gave humanity the virtual space where the young people, separated by time and space, come together, encounter and interact with each other with signs and sound, share insights, build bridges and networks for good,” he says in the message circulated on October 29.