BENEDICT XVI: TO THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS, "REFLECTING ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION" (5)

After deploring the "scaring violence that is causing bloodshed in Iraq" and recalling the "legitimate worries of the international community" about Iran’s nuclear program, the Pope spoke of Europe. "As we are getting ready to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, a reflection about the Constitutional Treaty is in order – he said -. I wish the fundamental values that are the foundations of human dignity may be fully protected, especially religious freedom in all its dimensions and the institutional rights of the Churches". Along with his congratulations for Bulgaria’s and Romania’s joining the European Union, Benedict XVI expressed the wish that "the Balkan region may reach the stability everyone is hoping for", as he mentioned in particular the facts of Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo. Finally, he recalled the value and dignity of the human being: "Only by respecting the human being – he said – can one promote peace, and only by building peace can one lay the grounds for a true, full Humanism".

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