The Holy See and Religious Heritage in Europe

Source: FSSPX News

The smallest State in the world has joined the Agreement on European Cultural Routes. The Holy See is hoping this will help spread “awareness” to Europe’s Christian roots.

Bishop Maurizio Bravi is the permanent observer for the Holy See at the World Tourism Organization. On April 18, 2018, he signed an agreement with the European Institute of Cultural Routes at the Cultural Center of the Abbey of Neumunster in Luxemburg. This Institute, created in 1998, advises and coordinates the evaluation of certified Cultural Routes, a program created in 1987 by the European Council.

With this agreement, many itineraries with a “clear religious connotation” have been certified: the Path of Compostela, the Via Francigena the leads to Rome, the route of St. Martin of Tours that goes from Hungary all the way to France, the St. Olaf road in Norway, the Clunisian sites in Europe, etc.

Thanks to these routes, “we can see how much the Christian message is a part of European culture”, that is more than just “one common currency” said the prelate. Indeed, anything that can serve as an apostolate and to spread Christianity can only be good. The question is whether that is really the effect of this touristic and cultural label, whose goal is to promote “the fundamental values defended by the European Council”: democracy, human rights, and exchange between cultures. That says it all.

The Way of Compostela