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vasari coronation charles v bologna detail Recently our Holy Father Francis remarked in a French interview:

The only continent that can bring about a certain unity to the world is Europe. China has perhaps a more ancient, deeper, culture. But only Europe has a vocation towards universality and service.

In my post The West is Europe and Europe is the Empire I made very much the same point:

Europe is a fundamentally Catholic idea, which did not exist until Christian times, though it was foreshadowed in the old Roman Empire…. It is [Europe’s] duty to spread Catholic Civilization, to bring salvation to all who will heed it, and to pray for those who will not.

Furthermore I made the point that:

Wherever Western Civilization has spread, there is Europe, and wherever there is Catholic Europe, there is the Holy Roman Empire.

Now our Holy Father goes on to say in the same interview:

If Europe wants to rejuvenate, it is necessary for it to find anew its cultural roots. Of all Western countries, the European roots are the strongest and deepest. By the way of colonization, these roots even reached the New World. But, by forgetting its history, Europe weakens itself. It is then that it risks becoming an empty place.

It is exactly because Europe has forgotten its history, forgotten the meaning of the Holy Empire, that Europe is now losing its greatness. As I said in the post What Made the West Great? this greatness had nothing to do with superior genetics or theories of that ilk, but was itself the gift of Divine Providence. And now this great truth is all but forgotten or suppressed, even by many of the Right. Yet while we of Christendom remember the truth (though we are yet few) there is still hope.

As a final reflection, our Pontiff remarked:

We can speak today of an Arab invasion. It is a social fact.” … “How many invasions Europe has known throughout its history! It has always known how to overcome itself, moving forward to find itself as if made greater by the exchange between cultures.

If one remembers the Crusades, it can be said with certainty that Christendom has always taken what was good from every culture (even Islam) and perfected it, forging Catholic culture ever stronger and anew.

Addendum: Unity in Subsidiarity

Apparently, Our Holy Father also said in his interview:

The best globalization would be quite a polyhedron. All are united, but every people, every nation, retains its identity, its culture, its wealth.

Which of course is the unity of the Holy Roman Empire, based on the principle of Subsidiarity, with Emperor uniting the Sovereign nations of Christendom.

Holy Roman Empire Allegory