In an address delivered at the Catholic University of Portugal on October 12, the Vatican’s Secretary of State reflected on the work of Christian political leaders after World War II to build a European community and the current waning sense of European identity, precipitated in part by the migrant and refugee crisis.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin linked this “de-Europeanization” to the
decline of Christian identity.
“We must return to the roots,” he said –
“rediscover the Christian roots upon which the history of Europe has
developed,” in order to exercise “our public responsibility.”