The Unprecedented "Presumption" of Changing the World
by Sandro Magister
ROME, April 11, 2013 – Almost one month after his election as pope, there are two words that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has not yet pronounced: religious freedom.
He did not say them, contrary to expectation, even in the discourse that he addressed to the ambassadors from almost all the countries of the world.
The only time he has spoken of religious freedom - although without calling it by name - was on Saturday, April 6, in one of the brief homilies that he improvises during the morning Masses in the chapel of the Casa di Santa Marta, where he resides.
But he did so in a style of his own. Pope Francis did not waste any words against the persecutors, nor against those who in more subtle forms suffocate the freedom of believers.
Instead, he took the side of the persecuted:
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