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A Christian Europe? Europe and Christianity: rules of commitment

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The author demonstrates how European integration policy can gain by a proper understanding of the doctrine of Redemptoris Missio. The Catholic teachings expressed in this encyclical are concerned with tolerance, respect and inclusion, concepts inextricably connected with freedom. The author invites us to reflect on both a political and an individual level.

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  1. This is the first English translation of the article by Tobias Teuscher and Catherine Vierling.

  2. Available online at john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc _07121990_redemptoris-missio_en.html.

  3. The original of J. H. H. Weiler’s study on “A Christian Europe” was first published in Italy in Un'Europa cristiana: Un saggio esplorativo, ed. M. Zanichelli (Milan: BUR Saggi, 2003). It has been translated into Spanish: Una Europa cristiana: Ensayo exploratorio, trans. J. M. Oriol (Madrid: Ediciones Encuentro, 2003); Portuguese: Uma Europa Cristã: Contributo para uma reflexão sobre a identidade europeia, trans. A. Pereira (S. João do Estoril: Principia, 2003); Polish: Chrzescijanska Europa: Konstytucyjny imperializm czy wielokulturowosc? trans. W. Mechera (Poznan: W drodze, 2003); German: Ein Christliches Europa: Erkundungsgänge, trans. F. Reimer (Salzburg: Verlag Anton Pustet, 2004); Dutch: Een christelijk Europe: Een verkennend essay, trans L. Besselink and T. Mertens (Nijmegen: Kluwer, 2004); Slovene: Kršcanska Europa: Raziskovalna razprava, trans. M. Ožbot (Ljubljana: Claritas, 2005); Hungarian: A keresztény Európa, trans. Szent István Társulat (Budapest: Pázmány Könyvek, 2006); French: Une Europe chrétienne? trans. (from German) Tobias Teuscher, Catherine Vierling (Paris: Éditions du Cerf, 2007). A Slovak translation is in preparation and will be published.

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Weiler, J.H.H. A Christian Europe? Europe and Christianity: rules of commitment. European View 6, 143–150 (2007).

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