European bishops commemorate Edict of Milan
September 24, 2013
The leadership of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) has issued a letter commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, in which Constantine recognized Christians’ right to religious liberty.
“The Edict of Milan must not be just a past event which led to the recognition of people’s right to freedom of religion and the public dimension of the Christian faith,” said the CCEE officers, led by Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdo. “It is also important today to enable us to appreciate once again the social value religion has always had in Europe.”
“It is a resource capable of creating peace both in hearts and between nations and educating people, not just in freedom of conscience – freedom of religion cannot be reduced to this single right – but in the freedom of everyone to live and contribute to the good of all, individually and in community,” the bishops added.