A good year after the beginning of the "Arab Spring" Archbishop Ludwig Schick visited Tunisia. On our site interview, the chairman of the Commission for the Universal Church of the German Bishops' Conference talks about the lively Catholic minority church in the country.
Interviewer: What have you found of the freedom you hoped for in Tunisia??
Schick: Hope is there. And Christians always have hope. This is also true for Christians in Tunisia. I experienced a very lively church there. A very small church that says about itself: "We are a church of foreigners for foreigners". Almost all priests and religious are not from Tunisia, but from Spain, France, England or Argentina. But they work very much, very well and very effectively. Above all, they care about the people who, as they did, immigrate to Tunisia. They are mainly black Africans from West Africa; they are a lot of students, because Tunisia is a very developed country. And many see the possibility of moving to Europe later – in order to get better living conditions there.
Interviewer: How can we imagine the life of Christians in Tunisia??