Europe’s Christian costume

08 September 2020
Christianity in Europe has weakened. Interviewed by the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich recalled the consequences that of, as well as the responsibility for Africa and the Globe itself.

“Here in Europe we are rich, and that is true all the more so, since we have profited from Africa’s richness. Thus, quite simply saying, the only proper step is to give a helping hand to these people as brothers and sisters so they can find their new economic balance, while being able to manage their lives without sending refugees to Europe. We, as Christians have a responsibility for the Globe, and we need to show solidarity without borders.” – said the Cardinal when estimating the situation and the post-pandemic impacts on Africa.

The President of the Commission of the Bishop’s Conferences of the European Union, (COMECE) was talking about the Christian culture, the remains of which could be still traced around the old continent, and which has still been vividly alive in Europe’s culture. Based on such, the Cardinal takes this as a positive sign to manage a life in a greater solidarity.

However, he noted: “At times, this lay or secularist Europe presents itself in Christian clothes. But these are clothes only, and have nothing to do with Christianity. These are not the elements of the Gospel that are at work, it is a pure carnival only.”

As to the guest speaker of the coming year’s Budapest Eucharistic Congress, solidarity is when we are ready to share our richness with the needy, and are respecting human rights.

The Cardinal is of the view that Christianity has become weaker in Europe and the evangelization of the continent has to be seriously dealt with. He declared: “It is not true that Europe is lasting to be Christian for all the times. This has never been true in the history either, since there were times when it was totally exhausted. (…) There is a consumerism in Europe that no longer allows us to live. (…) We need an evangelization that goes deep. We should change ourselves, we must hear the voice of Christ, who calls us to a profound change.

”Click HERE for the full interview (in Hungarian and in Italian)

Source: Magyar Kurír
Photo: IEC Secretariat