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'Christian views aren't being considered in decisions anymore': Church leaders call for politicians to consider Christian values

by Lydia Davies

Church leaders in Europe have encouraged people to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

As Dr Ursula von der Leyen seeks another term as President of the European Commission, the Church has pushed for policies inspired by Christian ethics to overcome division and misinformation, aiming for a better future for Europe.

In a joint statement from the Conference of European Churches and Roman Catholic and Orthodox leaders, they said: “Many people feel ignored because their Christian views aren't being considered in decisions anymore. We're seeing fear and uncertainty instead of peace and fairness.

“A large proportion of citizens, who confidently look at the European future through the prism of Christian values, now feel marginalised, without an opportunity to express their positions and opinions in an autonomous and distinct way.”

This call to action comes as people prepare to vote in elections happening from 6-9th June, the first since the UK left the EU.

The leaders pointed out that recent issues like health crises and wars have shown that decision-making can be weak and democracy is being questioned.

They noted: “Christian values are missing in EU discussions, but we're ready to help plan a better future for Europe.”

The church leaders also warned about the dangers of nationalism and divisive politics. They criticised how social media can create echo chambers where people don't think critically.

“We frequently notice the reality of parallel monologues...development of closed community groups in which opinions devoid of critical thinking and counter-argument are created,” they said.

The statement is supported by several church groups.

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