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Pope Francis emphasized that “cultural individualism makes people poor and sterile, because severs fact that those roots fruitful tree stands. For whatever is born cult of individualism opulence, which corresponds culture of waste which we are surrounded. We have, in fact, too many things, which are often not useful, but we are not able to build authentic human relationships, imbued with truth and mutual respect. And so today we sight the image of Europe injured because so many attempts of the past and the present crisis, which no longer seems able to face with the vitality and energy of yesteryear. Europe a little tired and pessimistic, which feels assaulted by the news coming from other continents. “

http://www.iezuiti.ro/2014/11/26/papa-francisc-la-parlamentul-europei/

11/06/2014 VATICAN CITY (VIS) – “To go forward is needed past, deep roots, the courage not to hide in front of this and its challenges,” said Pope Francis in his speech Tuesday November 25, 2014 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. At 26 years of visiting the Holy Pope John Paul II in Strasbourg, Pope Francis arrived Tuesday in the French town for an official visit to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The fifth international travel pontificate after those made in Brazil, Holy Land, Republic of Korea and Albania.

Pontiff, informs Radio Vatican, left Rome-Fiumicino airport at around 8.00, slightly later than the scheduled time, and the flight to the French city of Heads of State sent telegrams flown country: Italy, Switzerland and France . As of now become tradition before traveling internationally, Pope Francis went Monday evening pilgrimage to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, where he recollected in prayer to the Virgin Mary venerated icon with the title of “Salus Populi Romani” and asked intercession of Our Lady for the good success of the apostolic journey to the European institutions in Strasbourg. Pontiff stressed in a press release pr. Federico Lombardi, remained in silent prayer before the icon of the Theotokos for almost half an hour and made the altar a bouquet of flowers in the colors of the European flag.

Official aircraft, an aircraft of Alitalia, landed at the airport of Strasbourg-Entzheim around 10.00. Official visit to Strasbourg, stressed pr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, thus performing the shortest international apostolic trip, the Pope Francis lasting 3 hours and 50 minutes. Greeted by officials of the European institutions and the Secretary for European Affairs of the French Government, Pope Francis went first to the European Parliament. After the ceremony of raising the flag of the Holy See has followed the traditional exchange of gifts and writing a short message in the book autographed gold. “I hope that the European Parliament,” wrote Pope in Italian, “always be established in which each of its members to contribute to do so Europe, aware of her past, to look with confidence to the future with hope to live this . “the Pope handed the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, a mosaic representing” Dove of Peace “. The work of art, made in the workshops of the Vatican, unified in a single frame, on blue background, the European flag with twelve gold stars, and the biblical image of the dove, white, keeping in its beak a branch with leaves olive green. In turn, President Martin Schulz Francis Pope gave the Spanish edition of the memoirs of Jean Monnet.

After the speech in the European Parliament, Pope Francis went to the Council of Europe. Founded in 1949. It brings together 47 countries, from the Atlantic to the Urals and Caucasus. The Holy See has observer status, like Canada, Japan and the United States. The Council’s objectives are to achieve a closer unity between Member States, facilitating their social progress, promoting the principles of parliamentary democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Of the 200 conventions adopted so far, the best known is certainly the European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of the institutions, most references they meet European Court of Human Rights. Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the most senior, Thorbjorn Jagland is Norwegian, elected in 2009 by the Parliamentary Assembly for a term of five years.

The exchange of gifts, Pope Francis gave the Secretary General Jagland a bronze medallion called the “Angel of Peace”. Italian artist Guido unique Opera Vero medallion with a diameter of 20 cm, is in the foreground an angel, his head bowed, which embraces both the northern and southern hemisphere hands of the planet, in a gesture of protection against the threats of a serpent dragon. All around, medallion bearing the inscription: “A world of solidarity and peace based on justice.” In his speech to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Pontiff thanked the members’ commitment and contribution made peace in Europe by promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law. “Emphasizing that in 2014 the Council of Europe celebrates 65 years of existence, Pope Francis said “Founding Fathers project was to rebuild Europe in a spirit of mutual service that today, in a world more inclined to claim than to the ministry, should be the cornerstone of the mission Council of Europe for peace, freedom and human dignity “.

On the other hand, he continued, “the privileged way to peace – to avoid a repeat of what happened in the two world wars of the last century – is recognized in other not to combat an enemy but a brother be received. Peace is not merely the absence of war, conflict and tensions. In the Christian view, it is also a gift of God and fruit of the free and rational human action wishing to acquire the common good in truth and love. How to reach the ambitious goal of peace? The path chosen by the Council of Europe is first and foremost the promotion of human rights, which links the development of democracy and the rule of law. (…) In this office feel the duty to recall the importance of the contribution and responsibility Europeans cultural progress of humanity. And I would like to do it from a picture they take from Italian poet of the twentieth century, Clemente Rebora, who in one of his poems describe a poplar, with its branches skyward wind and wave trunk solid and stable, with deep roots that go down to the ground. In a sense, we can think of Europe in the light of this image. “

“Throughout history, it has always turned toward the heights, to new and ambitious goals, inspired by an insatiable desire for knowledge, progress, peace and unity. But uplifting thought, culture and scientific discoveries is only possible due vigor trunk and roots that feed depth. If you lost roots, trunk and empties slowly dies and branches – once lively and straight – bowed to the ground and fell. This is probably one of the most misunderstood paradoxes of a scientific mentality: to step into the future, the past is needed, it takes deep root, and it takes courage to not hide in front of this and its challenges. It requires memory, courage, healthy and human utopia. On the other hand ‘core deepens toward the truth “. The roots feed the truth, which is nutrient, lifeblood of any company that wants to be truly free, and human solidarity. On the other hand – the truth appeals to conscience, it is impossible to reduce to compliance, and is therefore able to know their dignity and open to the absolute, becoming a source of fundamental choices guided by looking good for others and for himself space of freedom and responsibility. “

“It is necessary to consider that without this search for truth, each becomes its own measure and its work, paving the way subjective assertion of rights, so that the concept of human rights, which itself has a universal value, is substitute individualistic idea of law. This leads to the neglect of others be substantial and promote globalization indifference born of selfishness, the result of a conception of man unable to receive the truth and live a genuine social dimension “. In this regard, Pope Francis emphasized that “cultural individualism makes humanly poor and sterile, because severs fact that those roots fruitful tree stands. For whatever is born cult of individualism opulence, which corresponds culture of waste which we are surrounded. We have, in fact, too many things, which are often not useful, but we are not able to build authentic human relationships, imbued with truth and mutual respect. And so today we sight the image of Europe injured because so many attempts of the past and the present crisis, which no longer seems able to face with the vitality and energy of yesteryear. Europe a little tired and pessimistic, which feels assaulted by the news coming from other continents. “

Hence, the questions addressed to Pope Francis representatives of European states. “Europe we can ask: where is your vigor? Where is the ideal voltage that animated and made great your history? Where is your spirit of enterprising curiosity? Where is your thirst for truth that you shared it with passion world until now? The answer to these questions will depend on the future of the continent. On the other hand, a trunk without roots can continue to have a vital appearance, but inside it is empty and dies. Europe must consider whether its immense human heritage, artistic, technical, social, political, economic and religious museum is a mere remnant of the past, or is still able to breathe culture and to open its treasures all mankind. In answering this question, the Council of Europe and its institutions have a key role. “

 

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