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Friday, October 21, 2016
Draft EU Constitution recognises Europe's religious heritage
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¬†European bishops have welcomed the draft EU constitution which includes a passage recognising Europe's religious heritage. Rev RŁdiger Noll, director of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Mgr NoŽl Treanor, Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) issued the following statement last Thursday: "With the publication of the entire draft EU Constitution, the Presidium of the European Convention has launched the final stages of the debate on the European Union of the future. "The Presidium proposes a Preamble to the Constitution which recognises in an inclusive way the contribution of Europe's religious heritage ≠ of which Christianity is a major part ≠ in determining the common values that underlie the process of European integration. A Europe which disavowed its past, which denied the fact of religion, and which had no spiritual dimension would be greatly impoverished in facing up to the ambitious project which calls upon all its available energy: constructing a Europe for all. "We again wish the Convention members inspiration and courage for the coming weeks during which they will work towards a final consensus. We also encourage the European Union's leaders to give a strong signal to the citizens of Europe by strengthening the institutions of the future Union in a balanced way." Source: COMECE
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