(SIR Europe – Strasburg) – "Faithfull to its Christian roots, Europe pledges to respect religious freedom for every human being", sending a positive sign of hope to the whole world. Addressing Strasburg MEPs, President of the Papal Council for Justice and Peace Card. Peter Turkson points out the "crucial role" of defence of fundamental rights and freedoms, "including religious freedom" as milestone of society, in a pluralist society like the European one. Yesterday, late in the afternoon, the Ghanaian Cardinal had been invited by the Pan European work group to deal with religious freedom and the discriminations suffered by Christians in the world. The Cardinal – accompanied with Msgr. Aldo Giordano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the Council of Europe – faced four main issues: historical and current development of human rights; how the Catholic Church conceives human rights and the very religious freedom; how it conceives responsibility of political institutions with respect to religious freedom; defence and promotion of religious freedom in the world. "Freedom of religion is a matter of justice" and "is linked to the development of the inalienable rights of man", in history and in every Continent, stated the Cardinal. (Continued)” “

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