Public Lecture "Has Europe Lost its Soul?" delivered by Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome on 12 December, 2011

This lecture, organized by the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies and the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK, marked the occasion of the Chief Rabbi's private audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Musei Vaticani, scala a spirale

In his address the Chief Rabbi stated: "The future health of Europe, politically, economically and culturally, has a spiritual dimension. Lose that and we will lose much else besides. To paraphrase a famous Christian text: what will it profit Europe if it gains the whole world yet loses its soul?"

Reflecting on the trip he commended the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies and the Woolf Institute as representing "the best of European thought, wisdom and spirituality. Through collaborative work, my hope is that these two institutions will help build a European platform to showcase and apply the resources that this continent with its rich heritage has to offer to build a better future for the world."


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