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"Every year, thousands of anti-religious acts are recorded. Desecrated cemeteries, tagged religious buildings and evil intrusions are worrying signs. Respect for religious convictions and their symbols is constitutive of the dignity of the human person, p

January 17, 2020

Monsignor Dominique Lebrun, Archbishop of Rouen, reacting to the destruction of a nativity scene on January 11, 2020.

"The notion that a Christian can practice their faith on Sundays but must forget it on Monday is not real freedom of religion and certainly not freedom of conscience."

May 1, 2018

David Scoffield QC, attorney for Ashers Baking Company.

"Although I strongly disagree with Ashers opposition to marriage equality, in a free society neither they, nor anyone else, should be required by law to facilitate an idea to which they object"

May 1, 2018

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell defending Ashers Baking Company's refusal to bake a cake with a message they morally opposed.

Fiona Bruce: Conscience exists to protect patients, as well as the professionals caring for them.

March 19, 2018

"How strange would it be if patients simply expected their doctor to ignore their deepest moral reservations and proceed regardless? Would it not concern patients to learn that the healthcare professionals caring for them were forced to participate in activity which they fundamentally disagreed with? All too often, the ability of healthcare professionals to conscientiously object is entirely dependent on the sympathy of their line managers or colleagues." 

Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov Voices Concerns for Christianity in Europe

March 2, 2015

Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned concerns about the situation of Christians in Western Europe at a high-level event on issues of protecting Christians, Geneva, March 2, 2015 at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, saying that it has become politically incorrect to identify oneself as a Christian.

Journalist: " Respect for Islam, no Respect for Christianity"

January 22, 2015

The committee of the carnival parade in Cologne had presented a caricature of the Paris incident of the Islamic attack in the "Charlie Hebdo" editorial office as a leading theme for this year's carnival. The cartoon did not directly refer to Islam, however after discussions it was withdrawn. At the same time, the carnival is expected to contain excessive mocking of Christians. A journalist of "Die Welt" points out these double standards.

Comments: UK Supreme Court Rules Against Conscientious Objection of Midwives

January 10, 2015

Paul Moynan, Director of CARE for Europe, comments on the appeal by the Greater Glasgow Health Board against two midwives who objected to taking part in the process of abortion, based on their religious conviction of the value of life from conception onwards. They lost their case because it was ruled that the supervision of staff, patient care and administration were not deemed to be covered by the conscientious objection clause, but only the actual abortion procedure itself.

Manifestation in Vienna against Persecution of Christians in All Parts of the World

December 10, 2014

Together with several NGOs, the Observatory hosted a manifestation against persecution of Christians worldwide in the evening of December 10th, 2014, the international day of human rights. While the outrageous persecution of Christians in some countries of the world was the key issue, the growing discrimination and intolerance against Christians in the West was also mentioned.

Senator Says Two to Three Thefts in Churches Each Day in Belgium

May 3, 2014

According to Senator Guido de Padt, the Minister of the Interior Joëlle Milquet reports that two to three churches or chapels are robbed every day in Belgium and vandalism occurs, on average, more than once a day.