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

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.”

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2 comments on “Pope Francis: ‘I keep dreaming of a new European humanism’

  1. This is going to confuse people with the equivocation of different meanings for the word “humanism” and his use of “utopia” which will also be confusing. He needs to stop dreaming. Europe is not going to be any kind of “utopia” with its current demographic shifts. He should be able to understand that.

  2. Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

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