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Archbishop Thomas Wenski published the following statement June 22, 2020, in his capacity as acting chair of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty. The statement coincides with the annual observance of Religious Freedom Week, June 22-29.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said when he visited Cuba as pope in 2012: “The Church lives to make others sharers in the one thing she possesses, which is none other than Christ, our hope of glory (cf. Col 1:27). To carry out this duty she must count on basic religious freedom, which consists in her being able to proclaim and to celebrate her faith also in public, bringing to others the message of love, reconciliation and peace which Jesus brought to the world.” (Homily, La Habana).

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