Brussels, 3rd december 2023

On Tuesday 28 of November, FAFCE took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Nativity scene in the European Parliament for the Christmas season, hosted by Isabel Benjumea, Spanish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), from the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP). The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels, at the presence of numerous MEPs and people working in the European institutions, including the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.

FAFCE took part to the ceremony and is delighted with the presence of the Christmas cribb in the European Parliament, as it recalls our common roots that hold us together as Europeans, which are older than a common currency or a single common market. MEP Isabel Benjumea noted on that regard that “We are united by the fact that we have shared centuries of Christian tradition, the principles of which are still recognised in many of our legal systems, customs and social usages”. The European principles “of solidarity, respect for one’s neighbour, protection of the most needy, equality of all as men and the defence of human dignity” have to be understood in the light of the Nativity. 

MEP Dolors Montserrat, head of the Spanish Delegation in the EPP Group, made reference to the guardian angel of all those present adding that “This Nativity scene represents the historic legacy of Europe”. She also thanked everyone present for sharing their faith and promoting the traditions we believe in.