Pope Francis has sent his greetings to members of the doctrinal committees of the European bishops’ conferences
ahead of a three-day meeting starting on Tuesday in the north Hungarian city of Esztergom, the seat of the Roman Catholic church.The conference will be attended by European bishops’ conferences leaders of theological commissions.
In his message, sent to MTI by the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the pontiff welcomed the meeting convened to “evaluate the responsible role of local bishops’ conferences, and specifically their theology committees, in preserving the unity and integrity of the faith and passing it onto the young generation”.
“I wish the participants to contribute to a collegial discussion of the doctrinal and pastoral difficulties on the European continent today so that a new missionary dynamism may prevail from these faiths, as well as openness to life’s transcendental dimension, without which Europe could lose its humanist spirit that loves and protects,” the message said.
In his address, Pope Francis also thanked German Cardinal Gerhard L. Müllner, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for his initiative of holding the meeting in the Hungarian town.
The conference, attended by the doctrinal committee heads, is hosted by Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest-Esztergom, who is also the head of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE).