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Ecumenical gathering: ‘Europe must not become a fortress’

July 05, 2016

“Encounter, reconciliation, future,” an ecumenical gathering in Munich sponsored by Together for Europe, has issued a concluding message.

Several Catholic prelates attended the gathering, as did the heads of the Focolare and Sant'Egidio communities. Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also sent video messages to the meeting.

“Europe must not become a fortress and build new frontiers,” the concluding message stated. “There is no alternative to being together. Being together in reconciled diversity is possible.”

The message continued:

Jesus Christ prayed for unity and gave his life for it. This is stated in the Gospel, which for almost 2,000 years has played a key role in the culture of Europe. Jesus Christ teaches us boundless love for all people. He shows us the path of mercy and reconciliation.


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Jul. 06, 2016 10:15 AM ET USA

    Another Tower of Babel. Humans cannot create heaven on earth.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jul. 05, 2016 8:45 PM ET USA

    No more 'Ferdinand and Isabella's, no more Lepantos, no more Viennas. Instead, just kiss every Immam who comes across the border, welcome Turkey into the EU, turn over all the great monuments of a Christian past for their new mosques. Europe is lost Is anyone willing to rescue it? Apparently not even the leaders entrusted with its heritage. When their Secularism fails to win over the Muslims, they might have enough time to wonder why.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jul. 05, 2016 5:30 PM ET USA

    Weren't the monasteries that were built after the fall of the Roman Empire fortresses of sorts? Reconciled diversity? Sounds like a sell-out to me.