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El Papa Francesc lliura un missatge al Parlament "a tots els ciutadans d'Europa"

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La salvaguarda de la dignitat humana va ser un tema clau del discurs formal pronunciat pel papa Francesc als diputats al Parlament Europeu dimarts (25 de novembre). Immigration, protecting the environment, and promoting human rights and democracy were among the topics stressed in a speech that enjoined ‘Europe to rediscover the best of itself’.

Opening the formal sitting, Parliament’s President Martin Schulz said that the loss of confidence of people in politics, both at national and European level, is “tremendous”, stressing that no institution can operate if it lacks support. “We therefore all need to cooperate to regain this lost trust,” he said.

Schulz stressed the “common goals” of the EU and the Catholic church in promoting “the values of tolerance, respect, equality, solidarity and peace”, and: “The European Union is about inclusion and co-operation rather than exclusion and confrontation.”

Drets humans i dignitat

“I would like to offer a message of hope and encouragement to all the citizens of Europe,” Pope Francis told MEPs. He said that dignity was the pivotal concept in the process of rebuilding Europe after World War II and praised the fact that “the promotion of human rights is central to the commitment of the EU to advocate the dignity of the person”, both within the Union and in its relations with third countries.

The European Parliament has the “responsibility of keeping democracy alive for the peoples of Europe”: democracies should not be allowed to “collapse under the pressure of multinational interests which are not universal”, said Pope Francis. He added:  “The time has come to promote policies which create employment, but above all there is a need to restore dignity to labour by ensuring proper working conditions.”

Medi ambient i migració

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“Europe has always been in the vanguard of efforts to promote ecology,” stressed the Pope. Respecting the environment means not destroying it, but also “using it for good purposes”, such as providing food to those who need it and not wasting it.

Pope Francis also addressed the issue of the migration flows to the EU. He said: “We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast graveyard,” stressing that the people who arrive by boat need “acceptance and assistance”. Europe will be able to confront the problems linked to immigration “only if it is capable of clearly asserting its own cultural identity”, he added.

Fons

El Papa va ser convidat pel president Schulz, en nom del Parlament Europeu, quan es va realitzar una visita oficial al Vaticà a l'octubre 11 2013. Aquesta és la primera visita al Parlament per un sobirà pontífex en anys 26. L'última vegada va ser a 1988, quan el Papa Joan Pau II va pronunciar un discurs davant el Parlament, just un any abans de la caiguda del mur de Berlín.

El Papa va arribar al Parlament Europeu a Estrasburg cap a les 10.30 i va ser rebut pel president Schulz, amb una cerimònia de benvinguda que comprenia els dos himnes i una cerimònia d’aixecament de banderes. Després de la cerimònia, el president Schulz va presentar el Papa als membres de la Mesa i de la Conferència de Presidents del Parlament Europeu. El Papa va continuar la seva visita al Consell d’Europa.

The European Parliament is the only directly-elected EU body and one of the largest democratic assemblies in the world. Its 751 members represent the EU’s 500 million citizens. They are elected once every five years by voters from across the 28 member states.

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