Telegram to the Holy Father
26 marca 2003 | 17:23 | Ⓒ Ⓟ
We wish to assure you, Holy Father, that the Church in Poland supports you and that we are not apprehensive of Europe. We understand and undertake the significant mission of prayer and reflection on the future countenance of the Old Continent, its identity, culture and spirituality – telegram to the Holy Father.
*Beloved Holy Father!*
Gathered in Gniezno, at the tomb of St. Adalbert, patron saint of the unifying Europe, activists of social and religious associations and organizations, scientists, politicians, and chaplains from all over Poland and other European countries want to share with Your Holiness our concern, joy and hope resulting from a two-day debate on the roots, identity and future of Europe. We know that the search for a way to a spiritual unity of Europe has become one of the major concerns of the pontificate of Your Holiness. We wish to assure you, Holy Father, that the Church in Poland supports you and that we are not apprehensive of Europe. We understand and undertake the significant mission of prayer and reflection on the future countenance of the Old Continent, its identity, culture and spirituality.
In the town where over a millennium ago was held the momentous Synod – the Congress of Gniezno, which had a symbolic significance for the shape of Europe, which is a coming together of the East and the West, a unity of various peoples and nations joined in their faithfulness to God-Man, Jesus Christ, we have met in order to discuss the issue of sustaining and rebuilding this faithfulness, which is the source of all that is of prime importance to man.
For the two days of discussions we analyzed the threats and opportunities that emerge in the process of European integration. We have endeavored to find hope also in a difficult situation, we have tried to learn the long-term thinking to which you called us during the memorable meeting in the Gdańsk district of Zaspa. We embraced with our prayers and reflections first and foremost the place of the human being in Europe, his dignity and his rights, as well as the rights of communities of major importance to man, such as the family, nation, and the Churches. We have sought an answer to questions about the role of Christianity and the Churches in the historic process of shaping the European civilization and in what determines the sense of its future. We have asked about the place of moral values in the European Constitution under construction, as well as in the political practice of parties that wish to accept the responsibility for the fate of European nations. We have reflected on issues related to the identity and sovereignty of Poland and other nations in the united Europe, we have been learning how to become free and accountable for Europe. It is a sign of the times that our debate has had an ecumenical character as it has been attended by representatives of many Christian Churches and those who derive universal values from other sources.
Holy Father, conclusions reached during our debates have been gathered in an address to the authorities of the uniting Europe and all people of good will. We pray so that our reflections may bear fruit and strengthen what you refer to as the “Europeisation” of Europe, so that our voice can encourage and strengthen all those who want to see a spiritual rebirth of Europe, and those who are concerned about the dignity of the human person, about each person’s right to life from the moment of conception to natural death, about religious and social freedom and about the foundation of customs and institutions of public life on immutable moral values.
We pray so that Europe may have courage to recognize God and to draw on his Great Teaching, which is the source of all that can be most noble for the human being. We ask God to help Europe, as He did a thousand years ago, to become again the community of the East and the West, the two lungs which the Old Continent needs to breathe fully.
We ask you to embrace with your prayers also our endeavors, since we need support in the continuation of our debate and in our further considerations, when we try to sustain and propagate the spirit of the Congress of Gniezno and when we try to infect others with our faith and hope. Bless, Holy Father, those endeavors of ours.
With filial gratitude and devotion,
Primate of Poland, Cardinal Józef Glemp
Metropolitan of Gniezno, Archbishop Henryk Muszyński
Gniezno, 16 March 2003
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