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In his speech to the European Parliament in November 2014, Pope Francis asked,
In the end, what kind of dignity is there without the possibility of freely expressing one's thought or professing one's religious faith?
Pope Francis has repeatedly emphasized that it
is incomprehensible and alarming that people continue to suffer discrimination,
restriction of their rights and even persecution for publicly professing their
faith. Undeniably, "Serious violations
inflicted on this basic right [religious freedom] are causes of serious
concern," and all people must work to defend "the intangible dignity of the
human person against every attack." Yet, religious liberty continues to be under threat,
even in the United States:
In his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis clearly outlined the importance of preserving a robust sense of religious freedom. He said that a "healthy pluralism...does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual's conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." Therefore, it is essential that a proper sense of religious pluralism be fostered and defended not just in the United States, but throughout the world.
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