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2.2 billion people denied religious freedom, says Vatican envoy

March 02, 2012

More than 2 billion people in the world are denied the protections of religious liberty, according the Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in Geneva. Speaking to the UN’s Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvio Tomasi said that “rising restrictions on religion affect more than 2.2 billion people.” While virtually all nations claim to respect religious freedom, he said, “the gap is growing between widely accepted stated principles, and their daily application on the ground.”


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 04, 2012 12:55 PM ET USA

    If this is the primary way the Vatican is framing things, it is definitely the wrong emphasis. It is NOT for the Vatican to be the guardian of our "religious freedom..." Let the society that is Christian and virtuous free itself! What the Vatican DOES NOT CHOOSE TO DO is to discipline bishops who fail to govern the Church or behave in an unseemly manner. This is the role that is proper to the Vatican and this the Vatican does not do.

  • Posted by: Duns Scotus - Mar. 02, 2012 8:56 PM ET USA

    Unless Obamacare is repealed, the Vatican can add 313,115,584 (the population of the United States) to the 2.2 billion, unless, of course, they are already included.