"Human life is entitled to full dignity and must be protected from conception to natural death." This is what Cardinal Péter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest (Hungary) and President of the Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), said this morning to the journalists after the CCEE chairmanship was received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI. Concerning the euthanasia issue and today’s meeting between the Pope and the Ambassador of Luxembourg, Cardinal Erdo recalled that "last week, Catholics and Muslims signed a joint declaration" on the theme of family and the respect of human life is among their "common key-points". "Human beings – reads the declaration – are the only beings that have been created in the image and likeness of God, and human dignity is derived from this very fact." "The sacredness of human life from conception to natural death should be fully respected." "The text – commented the Cardinal – speaks of natural death, not of induced death. Today many things are made possible by science, therefore our moral principles must be clear in fundamental areas." As for European elections in June 2009, Cardinal Erdo said: "every country is in a particular situation. Accordingly, the Churches will suggest general moral values, without referring to a particular party."

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