Catholic justice leaders condemn Europe’s growing racism, nationalism

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February 19, 2015

People demonstrate during 2012 protest in Athens, Greece, against surge of racism in Europe

People demonstrate silently in this 2012 file photo of a protest in Athens, Greece, against a rising surge of racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism in Europe. (CNS photo/Orestis Panagiotou, EPA)

OXFORD, England (CNS) — Catholic leaders condemned “racism and xenophobia” in Europe and urged religious communities to speak out against a growing “nationalism of exclusion” of the type that preceded both world wars.

The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions called it a “matter of serious concern” that “elections at regional, national and European level have shown a new rise of parties advocating the supremacy of narrow national interests over universal human values, international commitments and obligations.”

“The Christian vision of universal justice and peace does not allow for any kind of chauvinism — it calls for solidarity and respect for all,” the conference said in a Feb. 18 report.

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