Bratislava (Agenzia Fides) – Taking into account the constant increase in forms of violence, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups in various parts of the world, the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences - CCEE (held in Bratislava, Slovakia, October 3 to 6, 2013) together with the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, have adopted a joint declaration brought to the leaders of the UN.
The signatories of the declaration call on the United Nations to promote with urgency a political and social commitment in defense of these peoples and in support of religious freedom, adopting in particular a Resolution for the protection of religious minorities. The declaration itself has been sent to the leaders of numerous nations to ask for concrete measures and actions to be taken in defence of religious minorities, places of worship and sacred texts. "The Council of Bishops' Conferences of Europe and the Foundation for the Appeal to Conscience - is written in the declaration – encourage all States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and the media to promote through education a culture of mutual respect and tolerance for the diversity of religions, which represent an important aspect of the collective heritage of mankind". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 23/10/2013)