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Pope pushes God into EU politics
The Pope has urged Europe’s conservatives to put Christianity at the
heart of EU policy and legislating.
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday urged the centre-right EU political
grouping, the European People’s Party (EPP), to work on a restoration of
The conservative Roman Catholic pontiff urged a new political
Christianity just as Italians prepare to vote in general elections on
“By valuing its Christian roots, Europe will be able to give a secure
direction to the choices of its citizens and peoples, it will strengthen
their awareness of belonging to a common civilization," he said.
“Your support for Christian heritage more can contribute significantly
to the defeat of a culture that is now fairly widespread in Europe,
which relegates to the private and subjective sphere the manifestation
of one's own religious convictions.”
The Pope also insisted on “recognition and promotion of the natural
structure of the family - as a union between a man and a woman based on
EPP leader in the European parliament Hans-Gert Poettering and other
leading European conservatives held an audience with the Pope in a move
that signals stepped up opposition to Muslim Turkey’s EU entry bid.
A two-day EPP congress opened in Rome on March 30 involving 10 prime
ministers and European commission president José Manuel Barroso.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was also pushing Christianity
as a core EU ideal.
“Those, who, in the EU, refused to accept a reference to the continent's
Christian roots in the European constitution did not do a wrong to
Christianity and our fathers, but rather did a wrong to our children,”
“We do not want them to grow up without a history, without values and
without an identity.”