Edict of Milan

" . . . in the collective memory of Christians, there is enduring gratitude for the Edict of Milan, issued by Constantine 1,700 years ago, when persecution gave way to religious tolerance . . . last week at a gathering in Istanbul which commemorated the Edict of Milan as a landmark in the history of religious freedom. It was organised by a Catholic body—the Council of European Episcopal Conferences—and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, . . . Participants included some lay historians and social scientists, including a Muslim Turkish scholar, Semiha Topal; but the majority were clergy or church-affiliated people from Europe and the Middle East. . . . prayers were offered for the two Syrian bishops kidnapped on April 22nd. But my strongest impression was different; I was struck by the resilience and practicality of the Middle Eastern clergy, and the sense of grievance and frustration articulated by Christian speakers from Europe. . . ." (read more at The Economist)