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Ecumenical Patriarchate, European bishops to commemorate Edict of Milan

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17886 Ecumenical Patriarchate, European bishops to commemorate Edict of Milan The Ecumenical
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      Ecumenical Patriarchate, European bishops to commemorate Edict of Milan

      The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, in conjunction with the
      Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE), is commemorating
      the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan by hosting a conference
      devoted to religious freedom.

      The edict, issued by Constantine, granted “to the Christians and others
      full authority to observe that religion which each preferred.” The
      conference will be moderated by Cardinal Péter Erdö of
      Esztergom-Budapest and Metropolitan Emmanuel, who heads an Orthodox
      diocese in France.

      “1700 years after the Edict of Milan, Christians are still dying in the
      world for their adherence to Christ, while in Europe the acts of
      intolerance and discrimination against Christians are on the increase,”
      said Metropolitan Emmanuel. “So we thought it appropriate to recall the
      anniversary of this important Edict for the history of Europe with a
      seminar which will enable us to take stock of religious freedom in
      Europe and the world, in the knowledge that Christianity is a gift for
      those societies which have welcomed it.”

      Keynote speakers at the conference, which will take place in Istanbul on
      May 17 and 18, include scholars from Yale University and the Ambrosian
      Library; other speakers include representatives of the Jewish and Muslim
      communities and the Turkish government. A Maronite Catholic archbishop
      will discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East.
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