Pope hears Alpha presentation

    Thursday, 18 October 2012: 5.12pm

    The Pope heard a presentation about the Alpha course at a major Catholic synod on the New Evangelisation in Rome yesterday.

    Marc and Florence de Leyritz, leaders of Alpha in France, spoke about Alpha in a three-minute presentation to Pope Benedict XVI and several hundred Catholic bishops and priests.

    They described Alpha as 'an instrument of service to the kerygma for parishes and chaplaincies', adding, 'It has been welcomed by nearly 20 million people, many of whom have met Christ.'

    The occasion is the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which this year reflects on the theme of "The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith".

    The Catholic Church in England and Wales is represented at the Synod by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and two other bishops.

    The website of the Catholic Church says, 'Ahead of the Synod, Pope Benedict said it represented a moment to examine the journey that has been made in terms of spreading the Gospel in the modern day and to resume with fresh impetus the urgent work still to be done in evangelising today's world.'

    A transcript of the talk is available.