Posts Tagged ‘European Union’

European Union all talk in helping refugees

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

A Polish bishop is accusing the European Union (EU) of being ‘all talk’. With Poland in the middle of a huge refugee crisis, Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko is asking “where’s the support?” Millions of Ukrainian refugees have been pouring across Poland’s border since the 24 February Russian invasion. There’s been no support at all from the Read more

Cleaning up Vatican finances reaps EU reward

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Cleaning up Vatican finances and making them more transparent is paying big dividends. Before the financial clean up – which Pope Benedict XVI launched in 2009 and Pope Francis has continued – the Vatican Bank had been an embarrassment to the Church. The aim of the clean-up was to fight money laundering and terrorist financing and Read more

Europe and the church’s role in fostering unity

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Fostering unity in Europe is something “the Church must never cease working at or doing something for,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx says. “The Church has always viewed the unity of Europe positively, even today. “Nationalism is one of the biggest causes of war,” adds Marx, who is the President of the German Bishops’ Conference. During a Read more

German leader: migrants must be turned back at border

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

One of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies is alleged to have rejected a deal she made last week in Brussels to slash migration. The deal Merkel made with other European Union leaders shares out refugees on a voluntary basis and creates “controlled centres” inside the bloc to process asylum requests. Read more

Poland’s prime minister aims to re-Christianise the EU

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has called on the European Union (EU) to return to its “proper values” and traditional Christian roots. Morawiecki, who was sworn in as prime minister on Tuesday, says his dream is to “re-Christianise the EU. “We want to change Europe. “My dream is to make it Christian again, since unfortunately, Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and EU’s lack of vision

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has spoken out about the lack of vision some of the European Union’s (EU) leading members are showing. Marx, who is the president of the German bishops conference, says the EU’s broken promises, the exaggerated personal ambitions of some of its leading members and lack of vision have eroded people’s trust in Read more

The European Union risks dying says Pope Francis

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The European Union risks dying, Pope Francis told 27 heads of state from the 28-nation bloc who were visiting Rome on Friday. They were there for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The Treaty was the foundation document for what is now the European Union (EU). “When a body loses its sense of Read more

The European Union and refugees: fortress Europe

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

They come seeking refuge, but when asylum seekers cross into the European Union, they often find little compassion. In Greece, they are held in squalid detention camps, while in Italy they often end up on the street. Here is what they face at entry points across the EU. They know they are putting their lives Read more

Historian Walter Lacqueur on the decline of Europe

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

British-American historian Walter Laqueur experienced the demise of the old Europe and the rise of the new. In a SPIEGEL interview, he shares his gloomy forecast for a European Union gripped by debt crisis. SPIEGEL: Mr. Laqueur, you experienced Europe and the Europeans in the best and the worst of times. Historical hot spots and Read more

EU ties aid to protecting religious freedom

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Churches in Europe have welcomed pledges by the European Union to make financial aid for countries conditional on their protection of religious freedom. The European Union contributes aid to many nations of the South Pacific. The Brussels-based Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, said action was needed “given the systematic and increasing Read more