Category Archives: Europe

Catholic commissions across Europe issue SOS for EU

The European Union is “in a bad shape” and trust in its institutions will not be restored by speeches and short-term measures but concrete actions to improve justice and quality of life. That was the message of the General Assembly of the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis warns of post-Brexit ‘walls in hearts’

[Austen Ivereigh] In the wake of the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union Pope Francis has called for a rethinking of the European project while warning of “walls being built in people’s hearts”. He made the comments Saturday … Continue reading

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Lord Alton on Brexit: ‘the Reformation teaches us the cost of divorce’

The first political meeting I attended as a teenager was in 1968. It was to hear an erudite but rather dry speaker extol the virtues of the Common Market. His arguments, but even more so the war-time experiences of my … Continue reading

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Pope Francis puts his finger on the post-Brexit challenge

[Austen Ivereigh] Even while he professed to know little of why the British have chosen to leave the European Union, Pope Francis’ comments on the return flight from Armenia Sunday night are some of the most perceptive of any world … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols on Brexit: ‘The challenge for our leaders now is to speak for everyone’

Statement this morning by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales: We all need to reflect on what has been a tumultuous few days and ponder what is needed now. Firstly, … Continue reading

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Our decision to leave the EU is too important: we need another referendum

[Fr Paul Keane] I know that we should not cry over spilt milk. But such good milk has been spilt! For those of us who voted in the referendum to remain, it is hard to look beyond the mess that … Continue reading

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European Union needs ‘a new departure’ — COMECE

The following is a statement by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), which represents the Catholic Church to the European institutions in Brussels. Last Thursday, the majority of British voters cast their votes … Continue reading

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