Cardinal Peter Erdo, Primate of Hungary, Addresses the Appeal of Conscience Foundation

Aug 27, 2015, 16:36 ET from Appeal of Conscience Foundation

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cardinal Peter Erdo, the Primate of Hungary and President of the Council of the Bishops' Conference of Europe was hosted by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation at the Minskoff Cultural Center on August 26, 2015, and welcomed by its President, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York.

"I welcome my brother, Cardinal Peter Erdo, to the interreligious table of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. One of the most respected cardinals in the Catholic Church, named by Pope Francis to a leadership position, the Synod of Bishops, coming this October," said Cardinal Dolan.

"Today Europe faces the challenge of a special wave of migration," said Cardinal Erdo.

"The flood of migrants searching for freedom and security is overwhelming. A unified European response strengthened with collective humanitarian input by the religious leaders is essential," said Rabbi Arthur Schneier. "The Appeal of Conscience Foundation also values the support of Cardinal Erdo and the European Bishops' Conference of our initiative to stem the tide of persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians," continued Rabbi Schneier.

The luncheon brought together prominent religious leaders, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Church, Vice President of the ACF, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, Bishop Robert Rimbo of the Lutheran Church, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, and political leaders, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York and former Governor George Pataki.

Founded in 1965, the ACF has worked on behalf of religious freedom, human rights and tolerance throughout the world. It has maintained strong ties with the Hungarian religious communities and has sponsored religious leader exchanges with countries throughout the world.

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SOURCE Appeal of Conscience Foundation