Pope Francis warned world leaders on Friday that the European Union “risks dying” without a clear vision for the future.
The pontiff addressed European Union leaders at the Vatican ahead of the bloc’s 60th anniversary celebrations, scheduled to take place in Rome on Saturday.
“When a body loses its sense of direction and is no longer able to look ahead, it experiences a regression and, in the long run, risks dying,” Francis said.
Celebrations marking 60 years of Europe’s economic and political cohesion have been dampened by Britain’s impending departure from the union. EU leader Jean-Claude Juncker called the country’s 2016 decision to leave the bloc a “failure and a tragedy.”
“We are not in the best form and shape we could be in,” he admitted in an interview with the BBC on Friday.