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European Union seen blind to persecution of Christians

Catholic World News - February 22, 2011

Father Bernardo Cervellera, the director of the AsiaNews service, decries the "stuttering timidity" of the European Union, which approved a mild resolution against the persecution of Christians-- but only after adding language that also denounces acts of violence against "Muslim pilgrims and other religious communities."

The European Union fails to recognize that Christians are the objects of most persecution in the world today, Father Cervellera observes. He argues that the EU has consistently failed to appreciate the importance of religious belief and religious freedom. This, he adds, could account for the EU's puzzlement and inaction in the face of revolutionary sentiments sweeping across the Arab world. Europe's interest in the region, he contends, have been merely economic.

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