Pope Benedict XVI Urges to Fight Against Intolerance and Discrimination of Christians in Europe

Benedict XVI urged the bishops of Europe to work for the defense of the family and human life, and to fight against intolerance and discrimination of Christians. The Pope sent a telegram, through his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to participants in a plenary assembly of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences on September 30th. In the telegram, the Pontiff encouraged the prelates "to continue the important work undertaken and inspire in the Church communities the necessary commitment so that the faithful might be free from intolerance and discrimination and to promote the family and the defense of human life." The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians is honored to support the Council of the European Bishops' Conferences with its research and awareness raising.