On 27th June 2007 the Pope received prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Togo, who have just completed their “ad limina” visit.
After highlighting the African prelates’ commitment “to protecting and respecting life,” Benedict XVI explained that “the promotion of the truth and dignity of marriage, and the defense of essential family values, must be one of your major priorities. The pastoral care of families is an essential element of evangelization that brings young people to discover the meaning of a unique and faithful commitment.” In this context, he exhorted the bishops “to pay particular attention to the formation of couples and families.”
The Pope also encouraged them “to continue in efforts to promote Catholic schools, which are places of integral education at the service of families and of the transmission of the faith. Despite the difficulties they may encounter, the schools’ role is essential to ensure that young people receive a solid human, cultural and religious formation. May the educators and professors themselves,” he exclaimed, “be models of Christian life for the young!”