August 2, 2014

Calls to “Resist Europe’s secularization” made at Taizé youth meeting

The Presbyterian Outlook (ENI) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has urged young Christians to resist secularization in Europe in a message to an ecumenical meeting that was greeted by global and regional leaders. "After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe no longer recognizes the place for Christianity that history dedicated to it — it is as if Christianity were being expelled from the history of Europe," said Bartholomeos I, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The patriarch made his appeal in a message sent to a five-day European Youth Meeting, organized by France's ecumenical Taizé Community in Poznan, Poland. "We wish to recall here that the identity of Europe is primarily Christian and cannot be considered without this legacy," he said in his message to the December 29 - January 2 gathering. "The secularization of Europe here takes the form of a rejection of the God of … [Read more...]