Pope Francis received a sustained standing ovation following his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning. The Pontiff delivered a very strong address which was, at times, very critical of contemporary Europe. During his address His Holiness compared Europe to that of an infertile grandmother who lacked vibrancy. He told MEPs that the great ideas that once inspired Europe have been replaced by the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions. He was scathing about Europe’s consumerist and what he called its unsustainable selfish lifestyles. And he pleaded for Europe to think more about the need for dignity, human rights and general humanity. The Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly gave his reaction to the Pope’s address.
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