European Christians Again Ask Mention in Constitution

ATHENS, Greece, MAY 6, 2003 ( Representatives of European Christians requested that the future European Constitution include “a clear reference to the Christian roots of Europe.”

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The proposal was made today at the European Convention by participants in the international conference on “The Principles and Values on Which to Construct Europe.” Orthodox Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens convoked the conference.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, headed the delegation of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Anglicans were represented by Bishop Richard Chartres of London.

The Orthodox attending the meeting were Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I of Constantinople, and representatives of the Russian, Albanian and Romanian Orthodox Churches.

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