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Pope Francis: Excuse me if I mention myself, but I do it without vanity, for usefulness. I spoke about this problem in the two speeches in Strasbourg, in the speech I made when I received the Charlemagne prize and then the speech I gave to all the heads of state and government in the Sistine Chapel — everyone was there — on the anniversary of the foundation of the European pacts. In these speeches I said everything I think. And there is also a fifth speech, but that I did not give, the mayor of Burgermeister of Aachen did. This man is a gem of yours, a German, a gem. You will read a book and find something.
Europe must talk, Europe must not say we are united, to say arrange yourselves in Brussels, go ahead. We are all responsible for the European Union and this circulation of the presidency is not a gesture of courtesy, like dancing the Minuet, a turn for you, a turn for you… No! It is a symbol of the responsibility that each of the countries has over Europe. If Europe does not look well at future challenges, Europe will shrivel up, it will be withered. I took the liberty of saying in Strasbourg that I feel that Europe is leaving being Mother Europe and is becoming Grandmother Europe. She has aged, lost the illusion of working together. Perhaps someone can ask the question in hiding, but this will not end a 70-year adventure [Ed. note: he meant 60]. Get back to the mysticism of the founding fathers. Get back to this. Europe needs itself to be itself. Its identity, its unity. And overcome with this, with so many things that good politics offer, overcoming divisions and borders. We are seeing borders in Europe. This is not good. At least cultural borders. It is not good. It is true that every country has its own culture and must guard it, but with the mysticism of the prism. There is a globalization where everyone’s cultures are respected, but all united. But please, do not let Europe be overcome by pessimism and ideologies. Because Europe is attacked not with cannons or bombs at the moment, but yes, with ideologies. Ideologies that are not European, that come from outside and hide in small groups in Europe. They are not big. Think of the divided and belligerent Europe of ‘14 and of ‘22-23 until ‘39, when the war broke out. But let’s not go back to this, please. We learn from history, we do not fall into the same hole. The other time I said that it is said the only animal that falls in the same hole twice is man. The donkey never does. I do not know how to tell you. But read that speech by the mayor from Burgermeister of Aachen, a gem.