VATICAN CITY, OCT 31, 2004 (VIS) - In reflections made before praying the Angelus with the many thousands of faithful who had gathered in St. Peter's Square today, the Pope once again referred to the October 29 signing in Rome of the European constitution and urged Europe to never forget its Christian roots or Christian spiritual and cultural patrimony.
Referring to the signing ceremony in Rome's City Hall on Capitoline Hill, John Paul II said that "this was a highly significant moment in the building of the 'new Europe' to which we will continue to look with trust. It is the most recent point on a path that is still long and that seems ever more compelling.
"The Holy See has always been favorable to promoting a Europe that is united on the basis of those common values that are part of history. To take into consideration the Christian roots of the continent means availing oneself of a spiritual patrimony that remains fundamental for the future developments of the Union."
The Holy Father said he hoped that "in years to come, Christians will continue to bring into all spheres of European institutions that Gospel leaven that is a guarantee of peace and collaboration between all citizens in the shared commitment to serving the common good."
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