The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, has warned today about the "high levels of religious persecution" in the world and an increase in Christianity in countries of Christian tradition, a "social pathology" to which, he said, no You have to lose sight of it.
This is what he affirmed during his speech at the III International Conference on Religions and his contribution to Concord and Peace, which is being held today in Madrid with the assistance of numerous leaders of different faiths.
"Never like today have we been so aware of the importance of human rights to structure coexistence in diversity, however we are reaching maximum levels of religious persecution in the world," Osoro has warned.
In this sense, the archbishop of Madrid has also referred to Christianophobia in countries of Christian tradition, "a social pathology to which we must not lose track if we really want to build a fraternal world, just and in peace."
Thus he has advocated absolute respect for religious minorities, the disappearance of hate speech towards the religious and the alliance for peace among the confessions.
Because -he has emphasized- it is not about competing to see which confession has the most persecuted, but about denouncing the logic of hatred and persecution for religious reasons that violates a fundamental right such as religious freedom.
"Where there is no religious freedom, there is no real freedom," said Osoro, and later pointed out that without it "the building of human rights falls."
He referred to the Marrakesh declaration of 2016 when the Muslim countries undertook to protect religious minorities from other confessions. "The great religious traditions are called to give us mutual hospitality, respect and work to live and build this world," he insisted.
For his part, the Secretary of State for Justice, Manuel Dolz, recalled that Article 16 of the Spanish Constitution enshrines the right to ideological, religious and religious freedom.
That right, he said, "can not have more limits in its manifestations than those necessary to protect public order protected by law" and has stressed that the dignity of the person, the rights inherent in the free development of personality, respect to the law and the rights of others, are the foundation of political order and social peace.
Dolz has affirmed that religions are a primordial manifestation of that inherent freedom of the human being because they structure and channel the religious beliefs of the people and give them a space in which to live in community this sentiment, while they become a moral reference and ethical for its faithful.
In this sense, he stressed, the confessions have "an enormous potential to contribute to the construction of peace and harmony, to speak of tolerance, to preach respect for others and their beliefs and to promote the dignity and equality of all men and women as equal and unique beings before the incomensurable ".
It has considered that the obligation of the public powers, for its part, is to build societies in which all individuals of any origin, belief and condition can live in peace and harmony.
"A horizon that seems more distant as we approach it, whose path is marked by small and great achievements, many conquests and also regrettable setbacks and threats that are nourished by the fear of the different, the insecurity facing what it is unknown and the complex in the face of diversity, "he lamented.
The president of the Islamic Commission of Spain, Riay Tatary, stressed that the starting point of interreligious dialogue should be to free oneself "from fanaticism and religious ignorance that harm the faithful of each religion."
Rabbi Moshe Bendahan has stressed that peace between religions will come when we are able to see the divine essence in each of us and in the other, and see "that we can be different, but not distant."