COMECE: MGR. JARECKI (WARSAW), "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" AND "EU POLICIES"

The European Bishops, who met in Brussels for the plenary assembly of Comece, "rejoice" for the "priority granted to religious freedom" by the Council of the European Union, which on November 16th adopted a resolution in which it recognises religious freedom as an integral part of human rights. On the occasion, the prelates, explained mgr. Piotr Jarecki, auxiliary bishop of Warsaw and deputy president of Comece, discussed the second draft of a document that "aims to reflect on the promotion of religious freedom in the EU policies". Actually, mgr. Jarecki pointed out that "there are still very many cases of discrimination in all the regions of the world, especially in India, China, Sudan and Iraq". The EU resolution "recognises instead the right to practice one’s religion, even if traditionally it does not belong to the region where one lives". "The States – he concluded – have a duty to protect the people who are members of religious minorities, and the laws must protect the rights associated with religious freedom. Only if this right is acknowledged will there be a mature democracy".

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