INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE: RELIGIOUS FAITHS, EDUCATION AND MEDIA IN TODAY’S EUROPE

"Religious faiths, philosophies and beliefs are an integral part of a cultural diversity that, through dialogue, can enrich our societies and contribute to self-fulfilment". The EU Commission took its cue from this finding to promote a conference in Brussels about "Intercultural dialogue, a challenge for religions?" The EU Executive actually highlighted that, in a Europe that is increasingly becoming multiethnic and multicultural, religious beliefs are multiplying too, and sometimes "some believers are discriminated against just because of their beliefs". The meeting, taking place in the premises of the EU Executive, is attended by leaders of religious groups, associations and lay groups, political leaders, educators, journalists, partly to "compare national experiences and good practices". The workgroups are three, each one working on a different subject: "are the educational systems ready to teach to a multiethnic population?"; how are the mass media and freedom of expression reconciled with the respect of diversity?; "the current financial crisis is often portrayed also an en eclipse of values: can dialogue between believers and non-believers boost solidarity and the pursuit of shared values?". ” “

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