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Europe facing a “crisis of values” José Manuel Barroso tells religious leaders: The Church of England Newspaper, June 16, 2013, p 7. June 19, 2013

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László Surján, Herman van Rompuy, Bishop Michael Langrish, and José Manuel Barroso (l to r) at the EU secretariate in Brussels

The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev. Michael Langrish, represented the Anglican Communion last month at a gathering of faith leaders in Brussels. Bishop Langrish along with 19 representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist faiths were invited to voice their ideas about the future of Europe, about the European values, social issues and questions of solidarity with leaders of the EU.

On 30 May 2013 they joined José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and László Surján, Vice-President of the EP to discuss the theme “Putting citizens at the heart of the European project in times of change”.

In his speech President Barroso underlined his belief that religious communities had an extremely important role in European life.

“As we are taking action to move Europe out of the economic crisis, it is clear that we also have to weather another crisis: a crisis of trust, a crisis of values. We have to bring citizens back at the heart of our common project of European integration, by debating why it makes sense to act together as a Union. I strongly believe that the active involvement of religious communities is essential in this undertaking. The religious leaders I have invited today have an important contribution to make to this EU-wide debate on the future of Europe,” he said.

The Rev. Dr. Gary Wilton, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative in Brussels said: “This year’s event confirmed the high standing of the Church of England in the Brussels context as well as the clear expectation that we will make a significant contribution to the high level dialogue.”

According to a statement released by the Diocese of Exeter, Dr Wilton reported that Bishop Langrish’s comments about the importance of intermediate institutions including the family were “well received” as was “his second intervention about virtue ethics”.

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