650,000 sign petition to include Christianity in EU Constitution
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Members of the European Parliament presented to the Vice Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini a petition signed by more than 650,000 people calling for the inclusion of a reference to the “Christian heritage” in the future EU Constitution.

The petition, which received the support of 143 members of the EU Parliament and of various NGOs, was presented in Rome by a delegation headed up by Helene Monfort of France and Dana Scallon of Ireland.

 While Spain, Poland and Portugal support a reference to Christianity in the text’s preamble, the latest proposal by the EU Presidency, currently held by Italy, does not include any such reference.  However, the Italian representatives in the EU parliament have show favorable signs towards the proposal, but they prefer to leave the matter for member states to decide during final negotiations.   

The governments of Belgium, Finland, and especially France, which has frequently argued in favor of a secular definition of the EU, form the strongest opposition to the mention of Christianity in the document.     

“We are not motivated by religious or confessional reasons.  What concerns us is that the EU institutions be secular and democratic, something that only the Christian heritage of Europe guarantees, inasmuch as Christianity established from the beginning the separation of religion from temporal power,” explained Mario Mauro of the Italian delegation.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 20, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27