Saturday, March 2, 2019
“The contacts between the various cultures necessarily lead to a certain interculturality, even if the meeting between people of different cultures can often trigger a conflict of identity. The new environment, that is, makes the immigrant more aware of who he is, of his own values, of what gave meaning to his life in the society of origin...  [See attachments in Italian]


True integration therefore takes place where the interaction between immigrants and the indigenous population does not occur only in the economic-social field, but also in the cultural one. However, both parties must be willing to do so, since dialogue is the driving force behind integration”. The problem is whether “Europe is ready to face the challenge of such an intercultural integration, that is to say if it is aware of its identity and therefore able to dialogue with other cultures, without losing its own.” Mgr. Marchetto affirms that “the European cultural unity, even before the economic and political, must be sought ... in its roots, in the common values, in that style of life that has a ‘supplement of humanity’, that identifies the European civilization, rooted in 'Christian humus.” In fact, the then card. J. Ratzinger stated in a speech entitled 'Europe. Its spiritual foundations yesterday, today and tomorrow ', that Europe “is not a continent you can grasp in geographical terms, but rather a cultural and historical concept.”
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