Pope's quotes: Community of peoples

A quote from Pope Francis:

"The community of European peoples will thus be able to overcome the temptation of falling back on unilateral paradigms and opting for forms of 'ideological colonisation.' Instead, it will rediscover the breadth of the European soul, born of the encounter of civilizations and peoples. The soul of Europe is in fact greater than the present borders of the Union and is called to become a model of new syntheses and of dialogue. The true face of Europe is seen not in confrontation, but in the richness of its various cultures and the beauty of its commitment to openness. Without this capacity for integration, the words once spoken by Konrad Adenauer will prove prophetic: 'The future of the West is not threatened as much by political tensions as by the danger of conformism, uniformity of thoughts and feelings: in a word, by the whole system of life, by flight from responsibility, with concern only for oneself.' ”

-- Address upon receiving the Charlemagne Prize, May 6, 2016

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