Pope Francis - Fence builders betray the dream of the founding fathers of modern Europe

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Pope made these remark on Friday in his Charlemagne Prize acceptance speech in the Vatican.

The prize was awarded to the head of the Catholic Church as an international recognition for his support of a strong united Europe.

Today - more than ever before - Europeans should take down the walls and build bridges toward each other like the founding fathers of the European Union suggested said Pope Francis.

What happened to you, Europe of humanism, human rights, democracy and freedom? What happened to you, Europe of poets, philosophers, artists, musicians and scholars? What happened to you, Europe the mother of nations, peoples, and of great men and women who have offered their lives, and even sacrificed their dignity for their brothers? Began his speech the Pope.

Pope Francis noted that although the continent seems weary, it is still full of energy and potential. Europe is increasingly divided by trenches and seems to be less open towards a new social progress that involve all individuals and groups in search for new and productive solutions.

The European unity is fading more and more, and those who plan to build fences, betray the dream of the founders of modern Europe. The plan of the heroes of peace and the prophets of the future or in other words the founding fathers of Europe are not outdated.

The Pope believes that Europe needs a “memory transfusion” in order to rid itself of quick and easy, short-term political gains.

After the awards ceremony the Pope met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Referring to the Pope's speech, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz remarked that the speech must be disseminated across Europe, especially in those countries that think that mass migration is the business of Germany. "For Europe with more than 500 million people the integration of one million migrants can't pose a problem if we share the burden," he stressed.

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