‘Let freedom ring!’ Respect for rights helps society, pope says

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September 26, 2015

Pope Francis speaks from Independence Hall in Philadelphia Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-INDEPENDENCE-HISPANICS Sept. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis speaks from Independence Hall in Philadelphia Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Not far from where the Liberty Bell is on display, Pope Francis urged the people of the United States to continue to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” as the bell’s inscription says.

Meeting Sept. 26 with members of the Hispanic community and immigrants at Independence National Historical Park, the pope said when governments respect human rights and freedoms, especially the right to religious liberty, they benefit from their citizens’ respect and care for others.

The “ringing words” of the U.S. Declaration of Independence proclaiming the equality of all men and women and their being endowed by their creator with “inalienable rights” continue to inspire people in the United States and around the world, the Argentina-born pope said.

 

Read Pope Francis’ message at Independence Hall…