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Pope Francis delivers a message "to all the citizens of Europe" at the European Parliament

25/11/2014
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Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined "Europe to rediscover the best of itself".

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Pope Francis was warmly applauded by MEPs after his 40-minute address to the plenary © EP
Pope Francis was warmly applauded by MEPs after his 40-minute address to the plenary © EP
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Opening the formal sitting, the European Parliament’s President Martin Schulz said that the loss of confidence of people in politics, both at national and European level, is "tremendous", stressing that no institution can operate if it lacks support. "We therefore all need to cooperate to regain this lost trust", he said.

Mr Schulz stressed the "common goals" of the EU and the Catholic church in promoting "the values of tolerance, respect, equality, solidarity and peace", and that "The European Union is about inclusion and cooperation rather than exclusion and confrontation".

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