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During his September 2015 visit to the United States, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of religious freedom, saying in front of the White House that religious
"freedom remains one of America's most precious possessions. And,
as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded
us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to
preserve and defend that freedom from everything that
would threaten or compromise it."
Although Americans generally do not face the kind of violent persecution endured by many people of faith around the world, Pope Francis has recently spoken of a "polite persecution" that many people face, as "when someone is persecuted not for confessing Christ's name, but for wanting to demonstrate the values of the Son of God."
Religious freedom continues to be threatened in the U.S.:
Pope Francis has asked American Catholics to preserve and defend religious freedom, both in the United States and throughout the world.
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