October 18, 2010

Pope Benedict said his message in Great Britain about the enduring importance of faith-based values in public life is valid for the entire Western world.

The pope said one of his key messages was “the importance of evangelizing culture, especially in our age when pervasive relativism risks overshadowing the unchanging truth about the nature of man” and about the importance of faith in the education of active, creative and responsible citizens.

During his weekly general audience Sept. 22, the pope reviewed the trip he made to Scotland and England Sept. 16-19.

Despite repeated descriptions of Great Britain as one of the most secular countries in Europe, the pope said, “I was able to see how much the Christian tradition is still strong and still active in every strata of social life.”