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EU risks dying, needs new vigour and passion, says Pope Francis
March 24, 2017 / 6:01 PM / in 4 months

EU risks dying, needs new vigour and passion, says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with European Union leaders, at the Vatican March 24, 2017.Andrew Medichini/pool

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Friday the continent faced a "vacuum of values" as they marked the EU's 60th birthday, condemning anti-immigrant populism and extremism that he said posed a mortal threat to the bloc.

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Prime ministers and presidents from 27 EU member states have descended on Italy to mark the 1957 founding Treaty of Rome, receiving a papal blessing on the eve of the anniversary.

However, celebrations have been tempered by a string of crises, including prolonged economic turmoil, an influx of migrants and Britain's decision to leave the bloc, that have raised fears for the future of the union.

"When a body loses its sense of direction and is no longer able to look ahead, it experiences a regression and, in the long run, risks dying," Francis told the leaders gathered in an ornate, frescoed chamber in the heart of the Vatican.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; editing by Crispian Balmer

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