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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, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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