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Africa's Bishops: Laity Are Protagonists of Evangelization
VATICAN CITY, JULY 3, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Evangelization, especially on the part of the laity, topped the list of topics being considered for discussion in the second synod of African bishops.

Meeting in Rome, the Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, reflected on several possibilities for the theme for the synod, whose convocation was confirmed June 22 by Benedict XVI.

"In keeping with the Holy Father's wishes, proposals were made on the topics of evangelization, the Church's social activity, reconciliation and peace, aware that the Lord's disciples in Africa must also show themselves ever more salt of the earth and light of the world," explained a note published Saturday by the Vatican.

"In the person of Jesus Christ is found the supreme model of this Christian conduct in Africa, because it is he par excellence who can give flavor and light to Christian life," it added.

The note continued: "Thus the Church becomes the soul of society, which will be reconciled, pacified and just, accepting these challenges as an integral part of her presence and evangelizing work.

"As it is a question of rendering testimony in all the realms of life in Africa, the laity are the protagonists of this direct action to reflect in the world the light that is Christ."