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Saturday, March 30, 2013
EUROPE - COMECE WELCOMES POPE FRANCIS
Habemus Papam 13/03/2013 !
Rev. Patrick H. Daly, General Secretary of COMECE joins the wider Church Family in welcoming the election of Jorge Maria Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis. ‘Right from the outset, the European project has enjoyed the active support and interest of the new pontif’s predecessors, all of whom closely followed developments within the constellation of nations, which has become the European Union. At this critical time when there is deep confusion about Europe’s future, it may be an opportune moment for the new Pontiff to inject fresh enthusiasm into the search for a vision of Europe. This vision enshrines those Christian values, which so inspired the founding fathers of the European project. The Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa, which Pope Francis’ predecessor John Paul II published ten years ago still has a powerful message for those working to shape the Europe of tomorrow. We feel sure that the Successor of Peter will recognise with pride what has been achieved together by the European nations and encourage Europe’s political leaders – and incidentally all of us at COMECE - to continue, with solidarity and respect for subsidiarity, on the path towards unity in diversity for all within the European family.’