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Pope Francis: to religious leaders, “show, with unremitting effort, that every human life is sacred”. No to “perverse forms of misguided religiosity”

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“We need to show, with unremitting effort, that every human life is sacred, that it deserves respect, esteem, compassion and solidarity, without regard for ethnicity, religion, culture, or ideological and political convictions”. This is the mission entrusted by Pope Francis to the participants in the Conference “Tackling violence committed in the name of religion” who were received in audience in the Clementine Hall today. “The religious person knows that God is the Holy One, and that no one can claim to use His name in order to perpetrate evil”, Pope Francis recalled, adding that “every religious leader is called to unmask any attempt to manipulate God for ends that have nothing to do with Him or His glory”. “Adherence to a particular religion does not confer additional dignity and rights upon individuals, nor does non-adherence deny or diminish them”, Pope Francis asserted: “There is a need, then, for a common commitment on the part of political authorities, religious leaders, teachers and those engaged in the fields of education, training and communications, to warn all those tempted by perverse forms of misguided religiosity that these have nothing to do with the profession of a religion worthy of this name”. “This will help all those people of good will who seek God to encounter Him in truth, to encounter the One Who sets us free from fear, hatred and violence, and Who desires to use the creativity and energy of each person to spread His plan of love and peace, which is offered to all”, the Pope concluded.

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