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Report: Europe committing a form of ‘apostasy,’ says Pope

March 25, 2007

From Times of Malta:

Pope Benedict strongly criticised the European Union yesterday for excluding a mention of God and Europe’s Christian roots in declarations marking the 50th anniversary of its founding.

In a toughly worded speech to European bishops, His Holiness said Europe was committing a form of “apostasy of itself” and was thus doubting its own identity.

The Pope, who like his predecessor John Paul II often calls for a mention of God and Christianity in the European Constitution, said leaders could not exclude values that helped forge the “very soul” of the continent.

“If on the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome the governments of the union want to get closer to their citizens, how can they exclude an element as essential to the identity of Europe as Christianity, in which the vast majority of its people continue to identify,” he said.

“It is no surprise that today’s Europe, while it purports to be a community of values, seems to increasingly contest the existence of absolute and universal values,” he said.

See also:
Asia News: Pope: Europe’s apostasy, cynicism and compromises
(includes full text of Pope’s speech)

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