BENEDICT XVI: MAY EUROPE BE ABLE TO "REDISCOVER AND PROTECT" THE CHRISTIAN "PATRIMONY"

"May all those who have at heart the true humanism and the future of Europe be able to rediscover, appreciate and protect the rich cultural and religious patrimony of these centuries". This appeal was launched by the Pope at the end of today’s general audience catechesis completely focused on the "valuable and important contribution" made by the reform of Cluny to the "creation of the European identity", a process that was "particularly intense" a thousand years ago. When the order of Cluny was "at its height", recalled Benedict XVI, such a reform of the identity of our Continent led to the acknowledgement "through a long process" of two elements that are essential for building a society: the value of the human person and the supreme good of peace". "A thousand years ago, when the European identity was being shaped, the reform of Cluny made a valuable and important contribution. It stressed the primacy of the goods of the Spirit, reaffirmed the primacy of God, spared no effort to promote human values in institutions and educated towards a spirit of peace". (continued) ” ” ” ” ” “

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