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Pope Francis: ‘I keep dreaming of a new European humanism’

September 20, 2016

In a message to a European bishops’ meeting in Sarajevo, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of the works of mercy.

“To contribute to the rebirth of Europe, the Church, as a caring mother, strives to reach out with love to the wounds of humanity to heal them with the balm of divine mercy,” the Pope wrote in his message, which was dated August 25 but published weeks later.

“I keep dreaming of a new European humanism, which needs for memory, courage, and a healthy and human utopia,” he continued in his message, as translated by the Council of European Catholic Bishops’ Conferences. “In this pathway of humanization Europe, the cradle of rights and civilization, is called not so much to defend its spaces, but rather to be a process-generating mother, a fertile mother, because it respects life and offers real hope of life.”

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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Sep. 20, 2016 4:08 PM ET USA

    A new humanism based on what; that's the key question? Can there be a real humanism without Christ? Does the Church's teachings mention a "utopia" on earth? Europe's greatness and past culture was based on Christ and His Church. Today's Europe actively seeks to suppress her Christian past. Freemasons have been offering humanism for years a humanism without Christ new world order. Holy Father there has to be a different dream which is Christocentric not anthropocentric! Christ must reign.