It is essential that people listen to the Holy Father and believe. The crisis of humanity is very dire. The more that humans disbelieve in God and inflate their own self importance, the lower and more depressive humans actually become, rather than be "enlightened" or "uplifted."
ROME -- Pope Benedict opened a major Vatican meeting on Sunday by decrying a modern culture so devoid of faith that some people were declaring God 'dead' and entire nations were losing their identity.
The 81-year-old German pope made his comments in the homily of a mass opening a month-long synod of Roman Catholic bishops from around the world who will be discussing God's message through Scripture.
He said nations that were "once rich in faith" were now "losing their identity under the harmful and destructive influence of a certain modern culture."