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All People of Faith & All Religions Being Able to Freely Worship & Participate in Society, Constitutes a Culture of Freedom

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty Chairman Offers Reflection on Religious Freedom Day

All people of faith and all religions being able to worship freely and participate in society, without fear, is what constitutes a culture of freedom…

On the eve of Religious Freedom Day today, January 16, where the United State’s commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith is celebrated, Jesuit Bishop George V. Murry, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, stressed this in a statement he issued, to commemorate the day.

“A culture of religious freedom consists of respect for the dignity of others as they seek to live in accordance with the truth about God. All people can thrive in such a culture,” he said, noting the establishment of a culture of religious freedom is always an ongoing task.”

“While the free exercise of religion has long been enshrined in our country’s laws, religious minorities,” he lamented, “have often experienced encroachments on their ability to practice their faith freely.”

“Even today,” the Jesuit Bishop decried, “many Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and other communities, all in different ways, face challenges to their religious freedom.”

“A culture of freedom,” he said, “means that all people of faith and all religious groups are able to freely worship and participate in the life of our society, without fear of intimidation or coercion.”

“On this Religious Freedom Day,” he said, “we are grateful that the right of religious liberty is cherished in this country. I appreciate concrete actions the Administration has undertaken, such as recent steps to protect faith-based social service providers.”

The Chairman of the U.S.C.C.B’s Committee for Religious Liberty concluded, praying: “May we Catholics in America resolve to build on our inheritance for the good of all.”


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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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