Today, the Pope spoke with the bishops of Europe in addressing a Congress on "50 Years After the Treaty of Rome: Values and Perspectives for the Europe of Tomorrow." Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of that treaty, which . He spoke of progress over the past 50 years in Europe reconciling its "two lungs," East and West, and expressed concerns that by the demographics, Europe risks writing itself out of history by a process of unification that ignores the identity of the peoples of the continent.
Translations of his address are available from the Vatican, Zenit, Sandro Magister, and from Teresa Benedetta at Papa Ratzinger Forum. I will add links to other translations as they become available. Here is an excerpt from Teresa Benedetta's translation:
"In the present historical moment and in the face of the many challenges that characterize our time, the European Union - in order to be a valid guarantor of rights and an effective promoter of universal values - cannot but recognize clearly the existence of a stable and permanent human nature, which is the source of common rights for every person, including those who would deny those rights. In this context, the right to conscientious objection must be safeguarded every time fundamental human rights are violated."