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The 2005 World Report of Human Rights Watch highlights the growing conflict that exists in its view between religion and human rights. Religious institutions can change and adapt to society, and the interpretation of religion is constantly evolving. Religion is still one of the components of contemporary European identity, with religious roots manifesting themselves in various ways within secular society. The media can offer different interpretations of human rights and religion, partly biased according to national and political differences. Complaints of media persecution of the Catholic Churchs American hierarchy were dismissed in staunchly Catholic countries such as Ireland, Italy, and Poland. Religion and human rights are just two components which together bring to the human brain historical tradition, reasoning and intensive emotional experiences. The popularity of Catholicism in Poland was deeply ingrained due to Communism, and it may change now that the oppressive non-religious religion has been defeated.

Keywords: Catholic Church; European identity; human rights; religious institutions

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