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European bishops’ council laments plight of Roma

April 08, 2016

The president of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe has issued a statement lamenting discrimination against the Romani (or Roma) people, who are sometimes referred to as Gypsies.

“The fact that they live under circumstances of continued discrimination and even persecution is a disgrace to all European countries,” Cardinal Péter Erdo said in a joint statement with the Anglican leader of the Conference of European Churches. “We need to acknowledge their situation, through the centuries, in the Holocaust and presently, and our responsibility for it.”

“The principal way out of the present difficult situation of the Roma people and their families is learning, work, and faith,” he added. “Their inclusion is a necessary indication of our commitment for a shared European identity and the free movement of people, commerce, and ideas in the European realm.”

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