Pope Francis Admits Europe Has Lost Its Christian Roots

SHARE
TWEET
Pope Francis Admits Europe Has Lost Its Christian Roots

Pope Francis warned Europe is in a serious crisis amid losing its Christian roots due to its demographic winter.

While reflecting on his recent visit to Budapest, the pontiff praised Hungary’s ability to continue nurturing its Christian roots while the rest of Europe lost touch with its faith.

“I went as a pilgrim” to the Hungarian people and … saw “so many humble and hard-working people proudly cherish the bond with their roots,” the Pope said.

And among these roots, “there are first and foremost the saints” who today “exhort us to overcome the risk of defeatism and the fear of tomorrow, remembering that Christ is our future.”

Francis also noted that “the Hungarian people’s solid Christian roots have been tested. Their faith was tested by fire.”

“Indeed, during the atheist persecution of the 20th century, Christians were struck down violently, with bishops, priests, religious, and lay people killed or deprived of their freedom,” he added in reference to the Soviet occupation of Hungary.

“And while attempts were made to cut down the tree of faith, the roots remained intact: there remained a hidden Church, but alive, strong, with the power of the Gospel.”

In Hungary, “this last persecution, this communist oppression was preceded by the Nazi oppression, with the tragic deportation of a large Jewish population,” he said.

“But in that atrocious genocide, many distinguished themselves by their resistance and their ability to protect the victims.”

The Pope warned that freedom in Europe is threatened by “a consumerism that anesthetizes.”

“This is the dangerous persecution of worldliness brought about by consumerism. But when the only thing that counts is thinking about oneself and doing what one likes, the roots suffocate,” he asserted.

“This is a problem throughout Europe, where dedicating oneself to others, feeling a sense of community, feeling the beauty of dreaming together and creating large families are in crisis. The whole of Europe is in crisis,” he stated.

“So let us reflect on the importance of preserving the roots because only by going deep will the branches grow upwards and bear fruit,” he said.

Francis echoed similar concerns to his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI., who founded the alarm in 2009 of Europe losing its Christian roots.

Benedict said Europe was exposing itself to the risk of seeing its “original dynamism stifled by individualism and utilitarianism” by forgetting its Christian roots.

He added Europe must not forget those values that are “the fruit of a long and silent history in which, all will agree, Christianity has played a key role,”

“When the Church asks for the Christian roots of Europe to be recognized, it is not doing so to claim a privileged status for itself,” Benedict added. “Its aim is to keep the historical memory alive.”

He continued saying the Church wants to “reaffirm that Europe’s values are mainly rooted in its Christian heritage which even today does not cease to nurture them.”

READ: Pope Warns Jesus Christ Followers Not to Convert Nonbelievers: It’s a “Pagan” Activity

NOTICE: Our comment section is currently disabled due to malicious attacks preventing our readers being able to comment properly. We are in the process are implementing a new system which will be live soon! Sorry for any inconvenience!

SHARE
TWEET
Telegram
Email
Reddit
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Breaking

Trending

Reports Emerge of Drivers Becoming 'Sick' While Driving Electric Vehicles
Reports Emerge of Drivers Becoming 'Sick' While Driving Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicle drivers and their passengers are falling sick according to experts, who say the lack...
'The View' Hosts Implode as They Realize Alvin Bragg's Trial Is Helping Trump
'The View' Hosts Implode as They Realize Alvin Bragg's Trial Is Helping Trump - WATCH
ABC’s “The View” co-hosts have only just begun to realize the Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg‘s...
Teacher Fired after Refusing to Use Preferred Pronouns Wins $360,000 Settlement
Teacher Fired after Refusing to Use Preferred Pronouns Wins $360,000 Settlement
A former high school teacher who was terminated for refusing to use students’ preferred pronouns...
Don Lemon Reveals Grim News as He Hit Rock Botton in Major Career Failure
Don Lemon Reveals Grim News as He Hits Rock Botton in Major Career Failure
Former CNN, anchor Don Lemon, is facing more setbacks after Elon Musk cut short his doomed venture into...
Rapper, 17, Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head While Filming TikTok Video
Rapper, 17, Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head While Filming TikTok Video
A teenage rapper from Virginia has fatally shot himself as he played with a gun while filming a TikTok...
Son of New Zealand MP Dies Suddenly at 22
Son of New Zealand MP Dies Suddenly at 22
ACT MP Mark Cameron announced the death of his Son Brody, 22, after he died unexpectedly, sparking an...
Pelosi Warns Against Biden Debating Trump as Handler Issue 'List of Demands'
Pelosi Warns Against Biden Debating Trump as Handlers Issue 'List of Demands'
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not recommend that Joe Biden debate President Donald...
Rumble Sues Google for over $1 Billion for Ad Monopoly Abuse
Rumble Sues Google for over $1 Billion for Ad Monopoly Abuse
Search giant Google is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from Rumble for illegally leveraging its technological...
18 States Sue Biden Admin for New Gender Identity Rules for Employers
18 States Sue Biden Admin for New Gender Identity Rules for Employers
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti led a coalition of 18 states in filing a lawsuit against...
148 House Democrats Vote against Deporting Migrants Who Assault Police
148 House Democrats Vote against Deporting Migrants Who Assault Police
A new bill aimed at deporting illegal immigrants out of the United States if they assault a police officer...
0
What are your thoughts? Click to commentx
()
x

JOIN THE FIGHT!

SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE BREAKING NEWSLETTER STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX! 

We don’t spam! Read our Privacy Policy for more info.