Pope Francis: fostering justice and peace in Italy

Religious freedom was among the topics which Pope Francis touched upon Saturday during his meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In his address, Pope Francis recalled how 2013 marks the 17th centenary of the Edict of Milan, a document which many consider to be the first example of religious freedom being promoted. “In today’s world, religious freedom is more often affirmed than put into practice”, the pope said. He also addressed the current economic crisis and the role of Catholics in building Italian democracy. Finally Pope Francis spoke of an urgent need to foster a new vision of political responsibility especially among young people ,” one where “believers and non-believers can work …

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