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European Commission holds minting of Slovakian euro bearing images of saints

Catholic World News - June 18, 2013

The European Commission has ordered the National Bank of Slovakia not to mint new euros that would feature images of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the New York Times reports.

Each member-state within the European Union has the authority to mint its own versions of the euro, incorporating its own national designs. But the European Commission ruled that the Slovakian design, hailing the 1,150th anniversary of Christianity in Slovakia, violated the principle of religious neutrality.

The controversy over the Slovakian coins is the latest in a series of disputes over the role of Christianity in the European identity. Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI frequently observed that the shared Christian culture is the foundation of European identity, and without that common culture the European Union will be bound only by shifting economic interests.

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  • Posted by: Athelstan - Jun. 19, 2013 8:18 PM ET USA

    The European Commission's insistence on "religious neutrality" is a thin cover for anti-Catholic, anti-Christian bigotry, which should have no place in a modern European polity.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jun. 19, 2013 3:21 PM ET USA

    I hope 6'9" Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (a Slovak) can put a bodycheck on these secularists. This idiocy needs to stop!

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Jun. 18, 2013 11:13 AM ET USA

    So when you're a religious personnality, you cease to be a historical character?

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