Pope's quotes: Freedom of religion

A quote from Pope Francis:

“Everyone has the right to practice their own religion freely, without offending. … One cannot offend, make war and kill in the name of their religion, that is, in God’s name. What is happening shocks us. But let us think about how many wars there have been in the name of religion, throughout history. … We too are sinners in this respect. But we must not kill in God’s name. This is an aberration. … Every person has not only the freedom, the right, but also the duty to say what he or she thinks in aid of the common good … but without offending. It is true that one should not react violently, but if my friend insults my mother, he can expect a punch! It is normal, one should not provoke, one should not insult other people’s faith. There is a limit, and there are limits to the freedom of expression.”

— Interview with journalists aboard papal plane from Sri Lanka to Philippines, Jan. 15, 2015

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