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Luxemburg cardinal: Europe has too much confrontation


The new cardinal of Luxemburg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, received the serious news of his appointment as cardinal with an added touch of humor.

CARD. JEAN-CLAUDE HOLLERICH
Archbishop of Luxemburg
“I was very surprised because I never imagined a nomination coming from a wealthy country such as Luxemburg; it's not a peripheral country.”

For the archbishop of Luxemburg, him being cardinal is a signal that the pope is interested in the old continent and the European Union. It's also a signal of recognition from Pope Francis of the cardinal's work as head of the European bishops, in favor of dialogue between the Church and European community institutions.

One of the new cardinal's tasks has been to ask these institutions for a firm commitment in favor of the environment. This is a personal concern for Jean-Claude Hollerich, who joined in the clamor of thousands of young people in the climate marches a few days ago.

CARD. JEAN-CLAUDE HOLLERICH
Archbishop of Luxemburg
“They were surprised, because for them, and most people in Luxemburg, the Church is very distant. They have this idea that the Church is the world of yesterday. That's why they were amazed to see me marching with them for the world of tomorrow. It's important to give this image to young people, because they have a false image of what the Church is. If we don't change the image they have of the Church, they will not come to know the message of Christ.”

The cardinal is very dedicated to working with youth. That's why he is so aware of the importance of listening to them and joining them. He also listens to them about vocational discernment, especially in Europe where priestly vocations are not on the increase.

CARD. JEAN-CLAUDE HOLLERICH
Archbishop of Luxemburg
“It's very worth it, to be a priest. I would do the same thing again. I am very happy as a priest and can tell all the young people that it's worthwhile to commit themselves to Christ.”

Part of the priestly life for the new cardinal has taken place in Japan. The Jesuit has spent 23 years as a missionary there, in a country where he asserts lessons can be learned.

CARD. JEAN-CLAUDE HOLLERICH
Archbishop of Luxemburg
“Harmony. Japan is a country of harmony. Meanwhile, Europe has too much confrontation. It's necessary to look for the common good in Europe and the whole world, in harmony with everyone.”

This also implies welcoming migrants. This is something that Jean-Claude Hollerich insists on, especially since his trip to Lesbos this past year. He says Europe cannot define itself as Christian if it doesn't open its doors to those who need it most.