- May 29, 2020
Pope Francis is calling on leaders of European Union countries to work together to deal with the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis, despite being the first non-European pontiff since the eighth century, is perhaps the most vocal leader on the Old Continent today making a principled defense of the European Union.
Luxembourg Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich in a provocative new article has voiced fears that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic could begin the downfall of the European Union due to a lack of solidarity with nations facing massive outbreaks.
A top Vatican adviser on economic and social issues has challenged the effectiveness of the European Union over its handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, calling not for the dissolution of the European Union, but a stronger body that has the power to force member states to offer mutual support in times of crisis.
The European Union’s top Christian leaders have called for the continent to show “our joint commitment to the European project and to common European values of solidarity and unity, instead of capitulating to fear and nationalism” during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Some of Pope Francis’s closest advisors have called on EU bishops’ conferences to help facilitate the transfer of 20,000 refugees from Lesbos, Greece, to other European countries.