Category Archives: Europe

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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What Brexit means for Catholics (and why they should be happy)

[Peter Smith] The UK has voted to leave the European Union. In the last few days before the referendum, polls showed that support was consolidating around the Remain camp, and the financial markets seemed to bet on their victory. It’s … Continue reading

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Pope Francis calls for ‘another form’ of European Union

[Austen Ivereigh] The European Union needs to be rethought to give more freedom and independence for its member states, Pope Francis told journalists on the return flight from Armenia last night. Although he did not directly answer the question from the … Continue reading

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Catholic Voices Brexit debate tips audience towards ‘Leave’

A debate by leading Catholics on whether Britain should vote to stay in or abandon its membership of the European Union led a 160-strong audience in central London last week to switch a predominantly ‘Remain’ position to a majority urging ‘Leave’. Votes taken as … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ vision for the refounding of Europe: text of Charlemagne Speech Award address

[Pope Francis today gave a powerful address on the renewal of Europe by returning to the radical vision of the founders of the European Union. The speech was on the occasion of his receiving the prestigious Charlemagne Prize, awarded to … Continue reading

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