#ShortNews: Violence discredits religion, Pope says

On the last friday morning, in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Conference “Tackling violence committed in the name of religion”.

I would begin by reiterating what I have often stated, and in particular during my visit to Egypt: “God, the lover of life, never ceases to love man, and so He exhorts us to reject the way of violence. Above all and especially in our day, the religions are called to respect this imperative, since, for all our need of the Absolute, it is essential that we reject any ‘absolutizing’ that would justify violence. For violence is the negation of every authentic religious expression… We have an obligation to denounce violations of human dignity and human rights, to expose attempts to justify every form of hatred in the name of religion, and to condemn these attempts as idolatrous caricatures of God” (Address to Participants in the International Peace Conference, Al-Azhar Conference Centre, Cairo, 28 April 2017).

Read More: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/02/02/180202a.html

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