Pope on Europe's Identity Crisis: Rediscover your Roots9 January 2017 | 18:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Francis devoted his annual foreign policy speech to promoting peace at a time of mass migrations, economic stagnation and violent extremism across the globe.
He praised several European nations for taking in refugees and urged others to provide them with a "dignified welcome'' while also fighting poverty and other social ills that can fuel religious fundamentalism.
Speaking to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Francis urged Europe to rediscover its founding ideals as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, one of the key agreements leading to the creation of the European Union.
"Europe as a whole is experiencing a decisive moment in its history, one which it is called to rediscover its proper identity," Francis said. "This requires recovering its roots in order to shape its future."
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