Europe: Pope wages a quiet campaign for its soul

VATICAN - Though usually styled as a pope of the peripheries, Francis has never made a speech directly sketching a social and political future for, say, Asia or Africa. Yet when it comes to Europe, he’s laid out such a vision five separate times - suggesting there’s a special place for the cradle of Western civilization in the heart of a pontiff from the edge of the world.

As new fractures emerge at the seams of the European Union, the pope and his bishops seem keenly aware of the current battle for the soul of Europe, which, in light of populist gains, risks creating a new ideological iron curtain. “There could be a new division between Eastern and Western Europe, this time without military or cement walls, but with a wall we created with our votes, through the democratic process,” said Liviu - Petru Zăpîrţan, Romanian Ambassador to the Holy See, in a May 24 interview with Crux.

“There are those who want a divided Europe, fragmented, litigious. Instead, a strong Europe is necessary in the international scene,” said Jesuit Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, president of the Commission of Episcopal Conferences in the European Union (Comece), in a May 19 interview with the newspaper of the Italian bishops.

The archbishop, who was recently in Greece to advocate for immigrants, criticized the “priests of populism,” such as Steve Bannon and Aleksandr Dugin, who in his opinion deny the true message of the Gospel and promote nationalist political parties that are the “anteroom of totalitarianism.” “A weak and internally divided Europe could soon rekindle tensions and conflicts,” Hollerich said, “and we have a historic responsibility to avert this grave danger.”

Our comment

Over 40 years ago Mr Armstrong wrote:-

“The time has come when this world must be warned! The present strife between major nuclear powers – the constantly accelerating international tensions – the internal upward spiral within nations of crime, race riots, violence of every sort – are combining to plunge the world into a holocaust of destruction and death such as never happened before – and never shall again!” (The Book of Revelation Unveiled at last!)

Jesus Christ warned that leading up to His return, we would witness “wars and rumours of wars” and that “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”. This is our world today!

Against this background, the view from the Vatican is that Europe is now “weak and internally divided”, and that this situation “could soon rekindle tensions and conflicts.”

We are watching for a push towards a Europe being “united by the common spiritual bond of universal Catholicism”.

We would be wise to stay alert!

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