COMBONIANUM – Formazione Permanente

UNO SGUARDO MISSIONARIO SUL MONDO E LA CHIESA Missionari Comboniani – Formazione Permanente – Comboni Missionaries – Ongoing Formation

EU countries ignore pledges on religious freedom

Church leaders say EU countries ignore pledges on religious freedom

Church leaders say EU countries ignore pledges on religious freedom

Pope Francis poses with the heads of State and of the EU institutions for a family photo in the Sistine Chapel at the end of an audience at the Vatican, Friday, March 24, 2017. (Credit: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Via AP.)

May 5, 2017

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.

WARSAW, Poland – Church representatives have accused the European Union of ignoring pledges to defend religious freedom, despite commitments set out in special 2013 guidelines.

Monsignor Duarte Nuno Queiroz de Barros da Cunha, secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, told Catholic News Service that the Swiss-based organization, grouping 39 European bishops’ conferences, was disappointed by a lack of action since the guidelines were enacted.

“If officials talk about religious freedom, they usually do so abstractly and seem afraid or ashamed to name the communities actually suffering, especially in the Middle East,” he said.

“Freedom of religion is an absolute principle, and diplomatic and economic pressure should be used to defend it,” he said. “But the measures adopted four years ago are just words on paper, despite growing persecution. The EU should stop being hypocritical by saying one thing publicly and doing another behind the scenes.”

Da Cunha said the ideology of secularization “views religion as a private affair of the individual; it has difficulty understanding the public dimension of religious communities.”

Church leaders welcomed Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief when they were adopted by the European Union’s Council of Foreign Ministers in June 2013.

The 18-page guidelines said the free exercise of religious freedom contributed “to democracy, development, the rule of law, peace and stability,” whereas violations were often “early indicators of potential violence and conflicts.”

It added that the European Union was concerned that religious rights abuses were now widespread “in all parts of the world, including Europe,” and would consider “the possible suspension of cooperation, notably as regards financial assistance” in response.

The secretary-general of the Brussels-based Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, Dominican Brother Olivier Poquillon, told Vatican Radio in late April that EU officials had ignored a requirement to report on the guidelines’ implementation during 2016.

He said the guidelines were not being reflected in EU diplomacy, and said many officials appeared unaware of their existence. ì“European politicians at all levels have little understanding of religion and how to deal with it,” he said.

Da Cunha told CNS the May 2016 appointment of Jan Figel as an EU special envoy on religious freedom outside Europe had introduced someone “very engaged and respected by the church” to top-level advocacy for religious rights. He said some feared Figel would be “just a name,” without support and help from EU institutions.

“We’re still waiting to see if the special envoy will be given a structure and budget and have any real influence on EU policies,” he said.

“Today’s mass persecutions and human rights violations are demanding the EU and its member-states do something, and I think political pressure and trade leverage can rightly be used to force improvements,” he said.



Inserisci i tuoi dati qui sotto o clicca su un'icona per effettuare l'accesso:


Stai commentando usando il tuo account Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )

Google+ photo

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Google+. Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )

Foto Twitter

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Twitter. Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )

Foto di Facebook

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Facebook. Chiudi sessione /  Modifica )


Connessione a %s...


Questa voce è stata pubblicata il 06/05/2017 da in Church and religion, ENGLISH con tag , , .

San Daniele Comboni (1831-1881)

Inserisci il tuo indirizzo email per seguire questo blog e ricevere notifiche di nuovi messaggi via e-mail.

Segui assieme ad altri 1.564 follower

Follow COMBONIANUM – Formazione Permanente on

  • 180,574 visite


Questo blog non rappresenta una testata giornalistica. Immagini, foto e testi sono spesso scaricati da Internet, pertanto chi si ritenesse leso nel diritto d'autore potrà contattare il curatore del blog, che provvederà all'immediata rimozione del materiale oggetto di controversia. Grazie.


Advento Africa Amore Anthony Bloom Arabia Saudita Arte Arte cristiana Arte sacra Bibbia Bible Biblia Boko Haram Book of Genesis Cardinal Newman Carême Chiamate in attesa Chiesa China Chrétiens persécutés Cibo Cina Contemplazione Cristiani perseguitati Cristianos perseguidos Cuaresma Curia romana Dialogo Economia Enzo Bianchi Eucaristia Europa Famiglia Family Família Fede France Gabrielle Bossis Gianfranco Ravasi Giovani Giubileo Gregory of Narek Guerra Guglielmo di Saint-Thierry Gênesis Henri Nouwen Iglesia India Iraq ISIS Islam Jacob José Tolentino Mendonça Kenya La bisaccia del mendicante La Cuaresma con Maurice Zundel La Madonna nell’arte La preghiera giorno dopo giorno Laudato si' Le Carême avec Maurice Zundel Lectio Lectio Divina Lent LENT with Gregory of Narek Libro del Génesis Madonna Magnificat Martin Lutero martiri Matrimonio Maurice Zundel Migranti Misericordia Missione Natal Natale Natale (C) Nigeria Noël P. Cantalamessa Pace Padri del Deserto Pakistan Paolo VI Papa Francesco Papa Francisco Pape François Paz Perdono Persecuted Christians Persecution of Christians Persecuzione dei cristiani Pittura Pope Francis Poveri Povertà Prayers Profughi Quaresima (C) Quaresima con i Padri del Deserto Quaresma Quaresma com Henri Nouwen Raniero Cantalamessa Rifugiati Rosary Sconfinamenti della Missione Silvano Fausti Simone Weil Sinodo Siria Sud Sudan Terrorismo Terrorismo islamico Testimonianza Thomas Merton Tolentino Mendonça Turchia Uganda Vatican Vaticano Venerdì Santo


%d blogger hanno fatto clic su Mi Piace per questo: