.- The Holy See Press Office released a statement on the twelfth meeting of the special Council for America of the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, which was held October 9 and 10 and focused on the main threats that hang over the continent.
Presided over by Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the meeting was attended by four cardinals and eight archbishops and bishops.
The prelates reflected on the social and ecclesial situation in the different countries of the American continent, using John Paul IIâs Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America as a guidepost.
According to a press release from the Synod, âimmigration represents one of the areas of greatest concern,â with âthe situation of immigrants deported back to their native countries especially delicate.â
They also discussed problems related to drug trafficking, violence, political corruption and âthe promotion of a series of lawsâon abortion and euthanasiaâcontrary to ethical norms.â
The prelates also pointed out the continued spread of neo-Marxist ideology that âprovokes imbalance in international relations and internal realities of [those] countries and attempts to ignore the Catholic Church and not consider her part of the social dialogue.â
In the ecclesial arena, the statement continued, âthe increase in vocations to the priesthood is cause for comfort.â
In addition, âthe Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishopsâ Council held in Aparecida, Brazil, has inspired much hope,â the prelates said.
Regarding Pope Benedict XVIâs post-synod apostolic exhortation Sacramentum caritatis, the prelates pointed to the âmany positive signs in the American continent related to the repercussions of the document, which has given renewed impulse to the celebration and adoration of the Eucharistic mystery.â
The next gathering of the special Council for America will take place November 18-19, 2008.