The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera warns in today’s edition that hatred of Christianity has become global and constitutes a contemporary equivalent to anti-Semitism.

The Corriere della Sera article reported on the alarm sounded Sunday by Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference.

In an editorial, Avvenire called on the European Union to apply “the right of humanitarian intervention” against “Christianophobia” to defend Christians in areas where they are being persecuted, such as in the Indian state of Orissa.

Avvenire praised the example given by the United States in drawing attention to violations of religious freedom. Said the newspaper, “The U.S. administration has finally taken action, but now it’s urgent that old Europe also applies the right of humanitarian intervention.”

— Tom McFeely