Towards a Vision of Europe - Ethnic and regional conflicts

63. As Christians in Europe, we are not merely observers. We are part of the hope, but also part of the divisiveness. This also applies to the new ethnic and regional conflicts - often with deep and old roots - which are emerging in our continent. As churches, we are called to include the minorities which stand out against pressure for their assimilation, and plead for the dignity of those who are marginalized. We must not only work for reconciliation in the face of the great gaps between North and South, and between East and West, but also in the face of the equally divisive bitterness and even hatred, which is separating people within our own societies.

64. We ask the governments of Europe to do all in their power to eliminate conditions and measures which cause people to become refugees and force them to seek a future for themselves and their children by leaving home.

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