Plenary Assembly/3

Europe, wake up!

Final message of the Bishops

During the concluding session of the Plenary Assembly that has taken place in Santiago de Compostela in these last days, the presidents of the European Bishops’ Conferences, members of the CCEE, have addressed a message to the whole of Europe.

“From the tomb of the Apostle James, the destination of many pilgrims from every part of our continent, we too, the Bishops of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, renew our profession of faith on the foundation of the Apostles.

During these days, we had the joy of seeing so many young people – and many less young – walking to Santiago, arriving at the Portico of Glory.

Aware of our limitations and the many weaknesses that cause suffering to the whole Church, we too have entered the Cathedral to deposit – in the rite of embrace – our afflictions and petitions on the shoulders of the Apostle, to ask forgiveness for our errors and commit ourselves with hope and confidence for the future”.

Attached is the text of the completed final message.