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Meloni: "It is everyone's duty to defend religious freedom"

"Religious freedom is a natural right and precedes any juridical formulation, because it is written in the human heart"

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It is everyone's duty to defend religious freedom. The Prime Minister said, Giorgia Meloni, in a video message on the occasion of the presentation of the 16th edition of the Report on religious freedom in the world of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need. “Religious freedom is a natural right and precedes any juridical formulation, because it is written in the human heart. It is a right proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but, unfortunately, it is still trampled on today in too many nations of the world", underlined Meloni, who added: "To keep silent about the denial of religious freedom is equivalent to being accomplices to it. We don't intend to do that." "Religious freedom is not a second-class right, it is not a freedom that comes after others or that can even be forgotten for the benefit of self-styled new freedoms or rights", she specified.

On religious freedom, “Italy can and must set an example. Italy intends to set an example, at European and international level. This is one of our many missions,” said the Prime Minister. “It is profoundly wrong to think that in order to welcome the other one must deny one's identity, including one's religious identity. Only if you are aware of who you are can you dialogue with the other, can you respect them, know them in depth, draw enrichment from that dialogue”, he added.

For Meloni “we must obviously not forget the first type of persecution, the material one, which afflicts numerous nations around the world. "A reality to which we must open our eyes and act immediately, without wasting further time", he added, underlining that "it is what the government intends to do and has begun to do, starting with the tender for over ten million euros to finance interventions in favor of persecuted Christian minorities, from Syria to Iraq, from Nigeria to Pakistan. A first step, which will be followed by many others”.

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