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By upholding their existence, the different religions make a decisive contribution. It cannot be forgotten that religious freedom is the basic right on which many other rights depend. The freedom to profess and practise one’s religion without danger to life and liberty must be possible to everyone. The loss or attenuation of this freedom deprives the person of his or her sacred right to a spiritually integrated life. What nowadays passes for tolerance does not eliminate cases of discrimination, and at times it even reinforces them. Without openness to transcendence, which makes it possible to find answers to their deepest questions about the meaning of life and morally upright conduct, men and women become incapable of acting justly and working for peace. Religious freedom has a social and political dimension which is indispensable for peace! It promotes a harmonious life for individuals and communities by a shared commitment to noble causes and by the pursuit of truth, which does not impose itself by violence but rather “by the force of its own truth” 2e Vaticaans Concilie, Verklaring, Over de godsdienstvrijheid - Het recht van de persoon en van de gemeenschappen op sociale en burgerlijke vrijheid in godsdienstige aangelegenheden, Dignitatis Humanae (7 dec 1965), 1: the Truth which is in God. A lived faith leads invariably to love. Authentic faith does not lead to death. The peacemaker is humble and just. Thus believers today have an essential role, that of bearing witness to the peace which comes from God and is a gift bestowed on all of us in our personal, family, social, political and economic life Vgl. Mt. 5, 9 Vgl. Heb. 12, 14 . The failure of upright men and women to act must not permit evil to triumph. It is worse still to do nothing.

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Naam: BIJ DE ONTMOETING MET DE LEDEN VAN DE REGERING, INSTITUTIES VAN DE REPUBLIEK, HET CORPS DIPLOMATIQUE, RELIGIEUZE LEIDERS EN VERTEGENWOORDIGERS VAN DE CULTUUR
Soort: Paus Benedictus XVI - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Benedictus XVI
Datum: 15 september 2012
Copyrights: © 2012, Radio Vaticana
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Bewerkt: 30 augustus 2013

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