EU Diary Includes Muslims Hindus and Jewish Festivities
But NOT Christmas or Easter
FRANCE, January 13, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The European Commission has been attacked this week for its production of over three million copies of a diary, called Agenda Europa, which neglects to mention Christmas or any other Christian holiday.
The diary includes references to Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivities, as well as to May 9 - Europe Day. However, there is no mention of Christmas or Easter.
diary section dated December 25 is blank, while the bottom of the page reads
the secular message: “A true friend is someone who shares your concerns and
will double your joy,”
we ashamed of our Christian identity?”
commission spokesman in
Johanna Touzel, the spokesman for the Catholic Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, said the absence of Christian festivals is “just astonishing”.
“Christmas and Easter are important feasts for hundreds of millions of Christians and Europeans. It is a strange omission. I hope it was not intentional,” she said.
earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI had decried the habit of secular
governments of banning recognition of Christian religious holidays out of fear
of “offending” religious minorities, in an address to the assembled diplomatic
corps of the
He also criticized an increasing “tendency to consider religion, all religion, as something insignificant, alien or even destabilizing to modern society.” He warned that there are attempts “to prevent it from having any influence on the life of society.”