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From 27 to 29 October took place the high-level Forum of Dialogue "(Re)thinking Europe – Christian contributions to the future of the European project", organized by the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), in collaboration with the Holy See.
The conference gathered together 350 participants, including high-level EU political leaders: Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission; Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament ; Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament; and high-level Church representatives, EU Ambassadors to the Holy See, representatives of different Catholic and other Christian organisations, as well as academics across Europe.
Talking about the Christian contributions to the future of the continent in the closing ceremony, the Holy Father outlined the importance of person and community as the foundations of Europe. Europe needs to be a place of dialogue and of an inclusive community, where room for solidarity is to be made and development to be foreseen. Finally, added the Pontiff, the commitment of Christians in Europe must represent a promise of peace.
Pope Francis full speech