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Europe must ‘rediscover soul,’ Cardinal Bagnasco says

February 09, 2017

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa has said that the European community must recover its spiritual and moral bearings or face social disaster.

Speaking to reporters on February 9, the cardinal—who is president of the Italian bishops’ conference—said that “either Europe rediscovers its soul—which is not that of the economy and finance but of moral values—or it will be increasingly difficult to walk.”


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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Feb. 10, 2017 10:48 PM ET USA

    "Europe has been widely and profoundly permeated by Christianity. There can be no doubt that, in Europe's complex history, Christianity has been a central and defining element, established on the firm foundation of the classical heritage and the multiple contributions of the various ethnic and cultural steams which have succeeded one another down the centuries. The Christian faith has shaped the culture of the Continent and is inextricably bound up with its history..." "Ecclesia in Europa" JPII

  • Posted by: FredC - Feb. 10, 2017 3:42 PM ET USA

    A good start for rediscovering would be for the Church leaders in Europe to recover their spiritual and moral bearings.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Feb. 10, 2017 2:48 AM ET USA

    I guess he means Europe needs a little moral rigidity. England, for example, lost its moral rigidity and thus is no longer known as Merry Old England. Rigidity: inability to be to be forced out of shape.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 09, 2017 7:39 PM ET USA

    "Moral values" are not the soul of a truly Christian civilization. Jesus Christ is.