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Vatican foreign minister calls religious freedom ‘indispensable’ to conflict resolution

November 09, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: “Religious freedom is not merely a human right but also a transcendent, practical path toward healing divisions, promoting dialogue, and forging a more peaceful and harmonious global community,” Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, said during a lecture in Australia.

“When individuals are free to worship and engage in religious activities without interference, it becomes easier for others to see that religious differences do not inherently make someone an enemy,” he added.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 09, 2023 12:53 PM ET USA

    "...not merely a human right". Another corruption of language. Why not say what he really means, since Vatican diplomats (and Francis) tend to eschew any mention of Christ in the presence of non-Catholic audiences? True rights originate in God. All human inventions are political privileges that can be readily negated by a change in government. Consider the U.S., for example. Under Trump, infants in the womb had a right to be born in the military and foreign lands. But not under "Catholic" Biden.