Rabat, Morocco, Mar 30, 2019 / 09:49 am
During his first meeting in Rabat Saturday, Pope Francis underlined the importance of religious liberty and its connection to the dignity and rights owed to every person, regardless of their religion.
"We believe that God created human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and he calls them to live as brothers and sisters and to spread the values of goodness, love and peace," the pope said March 30 in the Moroccan capital.
"That is why freedom of conscience and religious freedom – which is not limited to freedom of worship alone, but allows all to live in accordance with their religious convictions – are inseparably linked to human dignity."
Authentic dialogue brings awareness of the importance of religion "for building bridges between people", he continued, adding that it is faith in God which leads people "to acknowledge the eminent dignity of each human being, as well as his or her inalienable rights."