ABBÉ PIERRE. VAN DER LINDEN (COUNCIL OF EUROPE): "HE CONSECRATED HIS LIFE TO THE POOR"

"The decease of Abbé Pierre is a remarkable loss for European values". Maud de Boer Buquicchio, vice secretary general of the Council of Europe, recalled the founder of the Emmaus community. "I had the chance to know personally his unrelenting dedication to social justice, – added the high officer of the Council of Europe, – as well as his tireless call for solidarity". "His action against poverty and injustice, and his constant commitment in favour of the weakest, drove him in his struggle for human dignity". The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (summoning up today in Strasbourg for one week), René Van Der Linden, stated that the friar "consecrated his life to the poor, struggling for defending human dignity, and making every effort against all forms of injustice". Among other things, during the meeting in Strasbourg, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I weighed in with his opinion. Before the representatives of 46 countries, he exhorted everybody to dialogue, with the aim of resolving intercultural and interreligious conflicts, "above all, in times like those we are living in, in which wars are multiplying all over the world". Bartholomew I pointed out that "the Ecumenical Patriarchate has held constant dialogue with the Muslim world": actually, "the interreligious dialogue has become a need for mankind".

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