EU Bishops on Auschwitz liberation anniversary: no to political manipulation of truth

Ahead of the main ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp that will take place in Poland on January 27, Polish and European Bishops “appeal to the modern world for reconciliation and peace, for respect for each nation’s right to exist and to freedom, to independence, to maintain its own culture.”

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“Cruel wars, genocide, persecution, and different forms of fanaticism are still taking place, although history teaches us that violence never leads to peace but, on the contrary, breeds more violence and death,” reads the joint statement of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE). Poland’s Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki is among the undersigned of the statement.

“We cannot allow the truth to be ignored or manipulated for immediate political needs. This appeal is extremely important now, for – despite the dramatic experience of the past – the world in which we live is still exposed to new threats and new manifestations of violence,” reads the statement.

To read the full text of the statement, please follow this link to the Conference of the Polish Episcopate’s website.