Pope says faith must sustain human rights commitment
The rediscovery of Jesus Christ and his message is the key for Europe to recover hope and the foundation of human rights, according to Pope John Paul II.
"Paradoxically, the cradle of human rights risks the disappearance of its foundation, eroded by relativism and utilitarianism," he said on Sunday, before the midday recitation of the Angelus.
The Pope was speaking to pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome.
Regretting the erosion of religious belief in Europe, he cited a "certain loss of Christian memory".
"We are witnessing a certain loss of hope, at the root of which is an attempt to make an anthropology prevail without God and without Christ," he added.
"European culture gives the impression of 'silent apostasy' on the part of people who have all that they need and who live as if God does not exist," he said.
"It is necessary to return to Christ," he said. "A source of hope that does not disappoint."
Pope warns Europe on loss of Christian culture (Catholic World News)
15 Jul 2003