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Canada offers to work with Holy See in promoting religious freedom

May 21, 2014

At the conclusion of a four-day visit to the Vatican, Canada’s ambassador for religious freedom told Vatican Radio that his nation stands ready to partner with the Holy See in promoting religious freedom and combating the persecution of believers, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine.

“We recognize, as the Canadian government, the role that the Holy See and the Catholic Church play in the world with a universal presence that has consistently defended freedom of religion,” Ambassador Andrew Bennett told Vatican Radio.

“So we want to engage more deeply with the Holy See to see how Canada and the Church can jointly advance religious freedom in the world, both through various dialogues but also I think in very concrete measures,” he added.


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  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - May. 21, 2014 9:11 PM ET USA

    Oh! This is rich! The country that persecutes persons for speaking out against homosexuality, that has diminished the dignity of free speech and that forces Catholic schools to teach against Catholic doctrine will promote religious freedom in...Ukraine? The Middle East? Thanks for the good laugh! They are so tone-deaf that they don't get the contradiction.

  • Posted by: abc - May. 21, 2014 6:45 PM ET USA

    They could certainly begin by fostering Religious Freedom in Canada.