Roma. Chosen by the Episcopal Conference of Angola, São Tomé-Príncipe, Mons. Manuel António Mendes dos Santos, CMF, Bishop of São Tomé-Príncipe, participates in the Synod of Bishops for Africa. He has been appointed member of the Commission of the Synod for information.
In the morning of October 13 he had his intervention in the Synodal Hall, where he focused his exposition on God’s Word: How to achieve that God’s Word be known, loved and operational in the Church? For this, a “great solidarity” is necessary that would make it possible to substantially reduce the price of the Bibles. We need to develop the Biblical Pastoral Ministry. It is necessary to encourage Christians to read the Scriptures starting from Jesus Christ as the centre of the revelation that they contain and the light that illuminates each page of the sacred Book. Starting from the faith in the risen Jesus Christ, victor over the kingdom of evil, we can present to the world roads of hope, peace and liberation; roads leading to the liberation from ancestral fears, such as witchcraft which sows so many sufferings among our poor. The word of God, read and proclaimed as prayer, can undoubtedly help to build a culture of the family, since it leads Christians to cope with Truth and the need for a conversion of life that will lead them to live according to the ways of the Lord.