Skip to main content

All About Mary

Magisterial Documents: Ecclesia in Europa

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia In Europa On Jesus Christ Alive In His Church The Source Of Hope For Europe
June 28, 2003

The full document is available on the internet.

Brief Introduction

The document presents an analysis of the status quo regarding the Church and Christianity in Europe. It stresses that Europe is a continent whose culture is permeated by ethical and spiritual values. The European roots are the foundation for a new Europe. John Paul II appeals to the European Union to be in dialogue with the Christian faith communities and to respect their religious freedom. The document analyzes the challenges of the old continent and their causes. 

 

Core Marian Passages

125 In this contemplation, inspired by genuine love, Mary appears to us as a figure of the Church which, nourished by hope, acknowledges the saving and merciful action of God, in whose light she reads her own journey and all of history. Today too Mary helps us to interpret all that happens to us in the light of Jesus her Son. As a new creation molded by the Holy Spirit, Mary causes the virtue of hope to grow within us.

To her, Mother of hope and consolation, we confidently lift up our prayer: to her we entrust the future of the Church in Europe and the future of all the women and men of this continent:

Mary, Mother of hope,
accompany us on our journey!
Teach us to proclaim the living God;
help us to bear witness to Jesus,
the one Savior;
make us kindly towards our neighbors,
welcoming to the needy,
concerned for justice,
impassioned builders of a more just world;
intercede for us
as we carry out our work in history,
certain that the Father's plan will be fulfilled.

Dawn of a new world,
show yourself the Mother of hope
and watch over us!
Watch over the Church in Europe:
may she be transparently open to the Gospel;
may she be an authentic place
of communion;
may she carry out fully her mission
of proclaiming, celebrating and serving
the Gospel of hope
for the peace and joy of all.

Queen of Peace,
Protect the men and women of the third millennium!
Watch over all Christians:
may they advance confidently
on the path of unity,
as a leaven of harmony for the continent.
Watch over young people:
the hope of the future,
may they respond with generosity
to the call of Jesus.
Watch over the leaders of nations:
may they be committed
to building a common house
which respects the dignity and rights
of every person.

Mary, give us Jesus!
Grant that we may follow him and love him!
He is the hope of the Church,
of Europe and of all humanity!
He lives with us, in our midst, in his Church!
With you we say:
“Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20).
May the hope of glory
which he has poured into our hearts
bear fruits of justice and peace!

 

Outline

INTRODUCTION: A proclamation of joy for Europe (1-5)

CHAPTER ONE: JESUS CHRIST IS OUR HOPE (6)
Challenges and signs of hope for the Church in Europe (7-17)
Returning to Christ, the source of all hope (18-22)

CHAPTER TWO: THE GOSPEL OF HOPE ENTRUSTED TO THE CHURCH OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
The Lord calls to conversion (23-32)
 The whole Church is sent on mission (33-43)

CHAPTER THREE: PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL OF HOPE
Proclaiming the mystery of Christ (44-52)
Bearing witness in unity and dialogue (53-57)
Evangelizing the life of society (58-65)

CHAPTER FOUR: CELEBRATING THE GOSPEL OF HOPE (66)
Rediscovering the Liturgy (67-73)
Celebrating the Sacraments (74-82)

CHAPTER FIVE: SERVING THE GOSPEL OF HOPE (83)
The service of charity (84-85)
Serving men and women in society (86-103)
Let us commit ourselves to charity! (104-105)

CHAPTER SIX: THE GOSPEL OF HOPE FOR A NEW EUROPE (106-107)
Europe's spiritual vocation (108-112)
The Building Up of Europe (113-121)

CONCLUSION:
Entrustment to Mary (122-125)


© This material has been compiled by Danielle M. Peters, S.T.D.
Copyright is reserved for The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.
Most recently updated in 2019.

CONTACT

International Marian Research Institute


300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390
937-229-4214
Website
Email
CONNECT

Keyword Search

Would you like to begin a new keyword search?

Get Started