EU founded on values & not national interests


Source: Chapel of the Resurrection, Brussels: 5th June 2012

Herman Van Rompuy : “The EU is founded on values and not on national interests”

In a keynote speech on "Bringing hope and solidarity to European integration" delivered yesterday evening at the Chapel of the Resurrection*, also known as the Chapel for Europe, Herman Van Rompuy set out his vision for a united Europe based on values and the Christian conviction that caring for others means finding yourself. In the current crisis the peoples of Europe would go beyond their own state interest because they care not only for themselves but also for others...

... The participants in the round table agreed that Europe needs renewed conviction and steadfast solidarity to secure peace and prosperity for its citizens. As Europe enters a new phase of integration marked by economic instability, loss of hope and question marks put to European solidarity, Churches would have to do more to communicate the positive impact of the European Union and explain that European integration is very much inspired by Christian values.

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The Chapel of the Resurrection is a Catholic church with an ecumenical orientation in the heart of Brussels’ European quarter. The pastoral responsibility is held by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

The Chapel is open to all those who work, live or simply pass through the ’European Quarter’ of Brussels, marked by the presence of the principal European Union institutions. Born as a Catholic initiative, the Chapel offers hospitality in an ecumenical spirit, with a view to challenge divisiveness. It symbolises, therefore the potential unity among different peoples and mentalities, so illustrating a creative reconciliation rooted in the Resurrection of Christ. As a place of communion, prayer and silence, the Chapel is also a room of exchange, dialogue and sharing for all those involved in European integration.

The Chapel is animated by various teams, colaboratively. By its location, its ecumenical vocation and this spirit of sharing, the Chapel of the Resurrection is a modest sign of Christ’s presence embodied in our history. It is "a home for everyone" seeking and representing a community: it is a Chapel for Europe.

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