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“Europe finds new hope when man is the centre and the heart of her institutions.”

The founding fathers remind us that Europe is not a conglomeration of rules to obey, or a manual of protocols and procedures to follow. It is a way of life, a way of understanding man based on his transcendent and inalienable dignity, as something more than simply a sum of rights to defend or claims to advance. At the origin of the idea of Europe, we find “the nature and the responsibility of the human person, with his ferment of evangelical fraternity…, with his desire for truth and justice, honed by a thousand-year-old experience”.”

Discover the whole speech of His Holiness Pope Francis to the heads of state and government of the European Union on March 24th, 2107, at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties:

Access to the full speech

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