September 17, 2012

Pope Benedict encouraged lay Catholics in Africa to defend Christian and traditional African values, share their faith in Jesus and transform African society.

“The most valid traditional values of African culture are threatened today by secularization,” unleashing confusion and tension, which are seen in new waves of “tribalism, violence, corruption in public life, the humiliation and exploitation of women and children, and the growth of poverty and hunger,” the pope said in a message to the 300 delegates to the Pan-African Congress of Lay Catholics, meeting in Yaounde, Cameroon, Sept. 4-9.