Pope says Europe needs Christian values to prosper, help others

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – If European unity is based only on geography and economics, it cannot succeed in promoting the common good of all Europe’s citizens and in helping the rest of the world, Pope Benedict XVI said.

The recognition of the dignity of the human person and the obligation to work for the common good – values Christianity fostered on the continent – are what inspired the movement toward European unity and are the only guarantee of its success, the pope said Oct. 19 in welcoming Yves Gazzo as the new head of the European Commission’s delegation to the Holy See.

Gazzo defined the European Union as a “zone of peace and stability which comprises 27 states with the same core values.”

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“Europe will not truly be herself if she cannot keep the originality that made her great.”

From the Pope who wanted to be named after the great monastic saint born at the end of the western part of Roman empire, when civilization was falling apart.

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