Merkel asks religious leaders for prayers to help get through eurozone crisis

September 13, 2011

(Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace in Munich September 12, 2011/Michaela Rehle)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked religious leaders to pray for European politicians struggling to overcome the debt crisis facing the euro zone. Merkel spoke on Monday in Munich at the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace organised by the Roman Catholic lay movement Sant’Egidio. In her remarks, covered mostly by the religious media (see La Croix), she highlighted the contribution that faith communities can make to get through the crisis. According to the text on the conference¬† website (here in German), she added:

“We now have the debt crisis to overcome in the eurozone, a crisis that is repeatedly explained in many technical terms but which in truth is forcing us to live differently, namely to live sustainably, not constantly consuming at the expense of future generations but also thinking of future generations in a sustainable way.

“This must and will be our common understanding, I’m convinced of that, and I ask you to help us with your prayers and your conference here to simply make it clear that Europe is a rich continent and we should be able to avoid also consuming the wealth of future generations.”


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