“Entrusting to God the fears and hopes of the citizens of the European continent”. With his goal, on Europe Day, the Council of European Bishops Conferences (Ccee) will officiate a Mass for Europe, on Wednesday 9th May at 7.30 pm, in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The ambassadors of the European countries to the Holy See are expected to attend such Mass, officiated by the president of Ccee, card. Péter Erdõ, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. 9th May, Europe’s Day, is also the anniversary of the “Schuman declaration”: on 9th May 1950, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proclaimed the values and ideals that are at the source of the European Union. Today, this date is celebrated as one of the milestones in the creation of the EU. And it is precisely during a EU summit held in Milan in 1985 that 9th May was proclaimed “Europe Day"’. Celebrations and events organised to celebrate Europe Day are an opportunity to bring Europe closer to its citizens and the European Union’s peoples closer to each other.
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