Pope Benedict XVI aspires toward the formation of "a renewed European identity," which could offer the world "a contribution of inestimable spiritual and culture heritage," the Vatican's new Secretary of State has told a group of academic figures.
In a message to the 5th European Symposium for university professors, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said that the new European identity should be constructed on the basis of "a humanism that is rational and open to the revelation of Jesus Christ, tolerant but steadfast in its ethical principles."
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: All that remains to be seen now is if European youth will take the pope up on this challenge. The youth really are the key to Europe's future, as the older generations are all but lost to atheistic secularism. If the new EU is going to survive the 21st century, without a Muslim takeover, it's going to have to return to its Christian roots. The only way that's going to happen is if European youth do it on their own -- apart from parental guidance for the most part. It's sad but true.