“We invite political leaders, civil authorities and organizations such as the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), to provide for the practical implementation of laws and protocols that enhance solidarity and promote human dignity. In particular, to promote the defense of life, the family, educational and religious freedom, as well as the reception and integration of migrants, and universal access to anti Covid-19 vaccines ”. The appeal was launched by the European and African bishops at the end of a joint seminar promoted by Ccee and SECAM, which took place on 1 and 2 June on the theme: “Solidarity in the promotion of human dignity in the light of Brothers all”. The seminar was attended by 20 representatives of the continental episcopal conferences of Africa and Europe. In the message, the bishops also address the local Churches, asking the Christian communities of the two continents to be “a house with open doors, to support hope, build bridges, break down walls and sow seeds of reconciliation”. “As bishops and pastors, we reaffirm our communion and collegiality and we commit ourselves to work to promote human dignity, fraternity and solidarity, which are at the heart of human existence and peaceful coexistence”, reads the message. “As children of the one Father, we must be open to each other and work hard to build authentic brotherhood not only among our local communities but also with people of different cultural backgrounds, racial and ethnic identities, religious and political positions, social and economic status “. “In a world full of positive values but also of hatred, hostility and extremism, violence and bloodshed”, the bishops write again, “we invite everyone to accept the Holy Father’s heartfelt appeal for interreligious dialogue as a way to to stimulate ‘friendship, peace and harmony’ and to guarantee religious freedom, which is a fundamental human right for all believers ”.
Europe-Africa: bishops of CCEE and SECAM appeal to the EU, AU and UN, for the defense of life, welcoming migrants and “universal access to vaccines”