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Europe's unity based on Christianity, Pope tells Bulgarian, Macedonian visitors

Catholic World News - May 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 23 with delegations from Bulgaria and Macedonia, and reminded them that the civilization of Europe is based on a common Christian heritage.

The Pope met in separate private audiences with the two government delegations, who were in Rome to celebrate the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. In his addresses to both groups, the Holy Father spoke of how the two saints “laid the foundations for an authentic promotion of freedom and of the unity of Christian Europe.” Today, he said, the unity of Europe “will be more solid if it is based on common Christian roots.”

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