Pope Says Christian Heritage Fundamental to EU’s Future
November 1, 2004
Pope John Paul is hailing the European Union's newly-signed constitution, while urging Europe to remember its Christian roots. In his weekly appearance at St. Peter's Square in Rome, the pope described Friday's signing of the EU constitution as a significant moment in the creation of a new Europe. But the pope added that Europe's Christian heritage remains a fundamental part of the Union's future. The Vatican had pushed unsuccessfully for a reference to Europe's Christian tradition in the constitution. On Saturday, Italy's candidate for the European Union's top executive body, Rocco Buttiglione - a conservative Catholic - stepped down from consideration following controversial remarks that included his description of homosexuality as a sin. VOA 31 October 2004
Source: European Union-Pope
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