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Charlemagne Award: Da Cunha (CCEE), “Pope’s strong proposal for Europe and Christians”

“I think it is a speech that is perfectly in line with the teaching of Pope Francis, with some crucial and recurrent elements of his papacy: meeting, dialogue, work, the poor… At the same time, it is a speech including a strong proposal for Europe and for Christians”. Msgr. Duarte Da Cunha, secretary General of CCEE (Council of European Episcopal Conferences) comments with SIR the words spoken by pronounced by Pope Francis at the Vatican today, while receiving the Charlemagne Award. “First of all, I would underline the emphasis of the Holy Father on a character of today’s Europe: multiculturalism. Thus, he warns us against homogenisation. He explains that perfectly by mentioning Adenauer”: “The future of the West is endangered by standardisation, uniformity of thinking and sentiment rather than political tensions”. Therefore, it is a matter of “increasing the value of the differences” characterising Europe and its different social, cultural, economic and religious aspects.

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