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European Christian leaders prod EU on religious freedom, persecution

Catholic World News - February 22, 2011

At the conclusion of a meeting in Belgrade, the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches and of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe called upon the European Union to advocate more vigorously on behalf of persecuted Christians. Committee members “requested that a clear sign [be] given regarding decisions on common policies displaying the engagement of the European Union for the defense of religious freedom for those of all faiths throughout the world.”

“The reference to the persecution of Christians, the urgency of which has been proven by recent events (particularly in the Middle East, in Iraq) cannot be forgotten or buried by abstract and fruitless policies,” the committee members continued. “Western countries where specific relations with areas where persecution exists should show their concrete commitment in protecting all those who are persecuted due to their faith, whichever that faith may be.”

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