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

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 01:22

Pope Francis meets with EU leaders ahead of a summit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Friday (March 24) 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. 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. The Argentinian-born pontiff told the leaders they needed to promote Europe's "patrimony of ideals and spiritual values" with greater passion and vigour, mentioning the attack in London this week by a British-born convert to Islam, who killed four people.

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 01:22