Pope Francis meets with EU leaders ahead of a summit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Pope Francis told Europe's leaders on Friday (March 24) the continent faced a "vacuum of values" as they marked the EU's 60th birthday, condemning anti-immigrant populism and extremism that he said posed a mortal threat to the bloc. Prime ministers and presidents from 27 EU member states have descended on Italy to mark the 1957 founding Treaty of Rome, receiving a papal blessing on the eve of the anniversary. However, celebrations have been tempered by a string of crises, including prolonged economic turmoil, an influx of migrants and Britain's decision to leave the bloc, that have raised fears for the future of the union. The Argentinian-born pontiff told the leaders they needed to promote Europe's "patrimony of ideals and spiritual values" with greater passion and vigour, mentioning the attack in London this week by a British-born convert to Islam, who killed four people.