- Aug 3, 2020
Europe’s Catholic bishops are marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a statement denouncing anti-Semitism and the “manipulation” of the truth for political aims.
Politicians must act to assist workers as technology continues to transform jobs across Europe, said a committee of the European Union bishops’ commission.
While globalization at its best can enable the sharing of spiritual and material riches, it also can lead to huge destruction, the bishops of Europe and Africa said after a four-day meeting in Fatima, Portugal.
The new head of a commission representing Europe’s Catholic bishops pledged to combat populism and promote European unity.
The secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences has criticized the lack of commitment on behalf of members of the European Union in the implementation of religious freedom guidelines set in 2013. “Freedom of religion is an absolute principle, and diplomatic and economic pressure should be used to defend it,” he said.
The message of the meeting of the European Catholic-Orthodox Forum said its aim was “to demonstrate the convergence of Catholics and Orthodox on major issues of social ethics” and the will of both churches to stand together in the face of “unprecedented challenges and threats against Christianity.”