Irish presidency of EU leaves reference to Christianity out of European Constitution

.- The Irish Presidency of the European Union has issued a statement of the heads of State and government of the 25 member countries in which no mention of Christianity is made in the preamble of the future EU Constitution. The text says that despite the important help from the various delegations regarding the inclusion of a specific reference to the Christian or Judeo Christian heritage of Europe, “there is no sign of a consensus in this area.”

The draft of the preamble of the EU Constitution simply underscores—without mentioning Christianity—the “cultural, religions and humanistic heritage of Europe,” from which the universal values of inalienable and inviolable human rights, democracy, equality, freedom and the law-abiding State have developed.

The text says the countries of the EU show their conviction that the peoples of Europe, while they are proud of their own national identities and histories, are resolved to overcome the old divisions and are increasingly more united in forging a common destiny.

The final decision on the text will be made by the heads of State in the next EU meeting which will take place in Brussels June 17-18.  The Czech Republic, Portugal, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Poland all supported a reference to the Christian heritage of Europe.

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?)

Featured Videos

A Look at India from Rome
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods

Liturgical Calendar

July 31, 2014

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:47-53


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 18: 1-6
Gospel:: Mt 13: 47-53

Saint of the Day

St. Ignatius of Loyola »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:47-53


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: