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6/23/2014 (2 years ago)

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Pontiff says persecution is greater than in the first centuries of the Church

Addressing organizers, speakers and participants at a conference entitled "International Religious Liberty and the Global Clash of Values," the Pope said he was "greatly pained to note that Christians around the world are suffering the greatest part of this discrimination. The persecution of Christians today is even greater than in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs today than in that era."

Seeking the truth about the origin and ultimate destiny of one's life, one's connection to the cosmos and one's place in history is a natural part of being human, the Pope says.

Seeking the truth about the origin and ultimate destiny of one's life, one's connection to the cosmos and one's place in history is a natural part of being human, the Pope says.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/23/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Poep Francis, persecution, freedom of religion


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis says that real religious liberty includes the freedom to live according to the values taught by one's faith.

"Religious freedom is not just a matter of thought or private devotion," the Pope said. "It is the freedom to live - both privately and publicly - according to the ethical principles that are a consequence of the truth found."

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Guaranteeing people's right to live their religious values, the Pope said, was increasingly difficult in the modern world "where weak thinking - this is a sickness - lowers the level of ethics in general and, in the name of a false understanding of tolerance, ends up persecuting those who defend the truth about the human person and its ethical consequences."

Seeking the truth about the origin and ultimate destiny of one's life, one's connection to the cosmos and one's place in history is a natural part of being human, the Pope says.

"In the human mind and heart there arise questions and thoughts that cannot be repressed or suffocated" because they emerge naturally, he said.

Religious freedom is a "fundamental right of the human person" and a recognition of the dignity of the human capability "to seek the truth and adhere to it", the Pope said.

National and international laws and organizations must "recognize, guarantee and protect religious liberty", the Pope said. Religious freedom is "an indicator of a healthy democracy and one of the principal sources of a nation's legitimacy."

Pope Francis reiterated his stance at the conference that it is "incomprehensible and worrying" that even as worldwide appeals to human rights grow, "discrimination and restriction of rights persist based only on belonging to and publicly professing a certain faith.

"It is unacceptable that real persecution - and even wars - continue based on religious belonging," he said.

The conference was organized by the centers for Law and Religion and for International and Comparative Law at St John's University in New York and the Department of Law at Rome's LUMSA University.

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