Ethiopian cardinal hopes synod addresses African youth’s reality: ‘question is survival’


Vatican City — One of the African prelates taking part in the Catholic Synod of Bishops on young people says he hopes the gathering will address the stark realities of poverty, migration, and conflict being experienced by youth on his continent.

“The question … in Africa for the youth is not what we talk [about] much here in the synod,” Ethiopian Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel told NCR.

“The real question is survival,” Souraphiel said in an Oct. 11 interview.  “In [the] African context, it is survival: what you have to eat, to dress, and whether you get shelter.”

“The modern challenges we hear, say from Europe or the Americas, about loneliness, about suicide or drugs, and generational differences between young people and the elders … that’s not happening…

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