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‘May Freedom of Conscience Be Respected Always & Everywhere,’ Pope Appeals at General Audience

Prays Every Christian ‘Give the Example of the Consistency of an Upright Conscience
Enlightened by Word of God’

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Pope Francis has made an appeal for protecting freedom of conscience. 

Toward the end of his General Audience this morning, June 17, 2020, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, he stressed this. 

The Pope’s General Audience continues to be held privately and streamed from his Apostolic Library, in order to protect against COVID19 contagion.

The Pontiff began recalling today, June 17, 2020, marks the “Day of Conscience”, inspired by the witness of the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who around 80 years ago decided to follow the voice of his conscience and saved the lives of thousands of Jews and other persecuted peoples.

“May freedom of conscience be respected always and everywhere, and may every Christian give the example of the consistency of an upright conscience
enlightened by the Word of God,” he concluded.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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