Pope Francis: ‘I keep dreaming of a new European humanism’
[Nonetheless, without reference to Europe’s Catholic roots]
Catholic World News – 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.”