Promotes, Disseminates Christian Culture
VATICAN CITY, 13 JULY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the St.
Benedict Patron of Europe Association, which appears in the Directory of
International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical
Council for the Laity.
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Official Name: St. Benedict Patron of Europe Association
Acronym: ASBPE (Associatio Sanctus Benedictus Patronus Europae)
History: ASBPE was founded after the proclamation of St. Benedict as the
patron of Europe in 1964 by Paul VI in his apostolic letter Pacis
Considering the impetus that St. Benedict gave to all the peoples of
Europe and to the Christian European order and its spiritual unity, the
main purpose of the association is to promote and disseminate Christian
culture in a spiritually united Europe.
Its purposes were further confirmed in John Paul II's apostolic letter
Sanctorum Altrix on the topical relevance of the Benedictine Rule and
the Christian identity of European culture, calling attention to a new
evangelization fuelled by the lifeblood that has permeated the peoples
of Europe and the formation of the European nations.
On July 11, 1988 the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued a decree
recognizing the Associazione San Benedetto Patrono d'Europa as an
international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right.
Identity: In compliance with the Rule of St. Benedict, the members of
ASBPE aspire to put nothing before Christ and unconditionally to obey
the commandments of God the Creator. They nurture their personal prayer
life by assiduous reading of Holy Scripture, they draw lessons to guide
their lives from the traditions of the Western and Eastern Fathers, they
are faithfully devoted to the Church and defend its rights and cultivate
its traditions. They play an active part in the sacramental and
liturgical life of their own local Church, and undertake to help it meet
Guided by the Church hierarchy they help to pave the way for the unity
of Christians in the Catholic Church, undertake to take to heart the
principles of the Church's social teaching, advocate and tenaciously
defend the sanctity of the family, concern themselves with the
development and subsistence of the Catholic school as an effective means
of disseminating Christian culture.
Lastly, they promote the use of the Latin language, which was once the
common language of the whole of Europe and an excellent medium of
communication, culture, science and education.
Organization: The members of the ASBPE, religious and lay, are co-opted
to membership after giving a written undertaking to live and act
according to the principles of the association.
ASBPE is governed collegially by a steering committee composed of 12
members. The association is headed by a president, assisted by two vice
presidents and a general secretary which, among other tasks, organizes
the annual international congresses in conjunction with Benedictine
abbeys on issues relating to Christian life in Europe.
The president, the two vice presidents and the general secretary are
elected by the steering committee. Members of ASBPE living in the same
city or region meet in local groups. As far as possible, all the members
frequent Benedictine or Cistercian monasteries with which they establish
Membership: ASBPE has over 500 members in 14 countries as follows:
Europe (13), North America (1).
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Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]