Although I’Religious Freedom & Benedict’s World Day of Peacem a long-standing fan of the Papal World Day of Prayer for Peace Messages – and quite possibly the only person in Australia who reads them on New Year’s Day – I must admit that this year’s Message troubles me. It’s not what it says; it’s what it doesn’t say.

The theme of this year’s Message is that religious freedom is the path to peace. I guess I would not say the path, but certainly I agree that it is an essential dimension of the path to peace.  But that is not what troubles me. The Message asserts that “at present, Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith” and it goes on to focus on the religious freedom of Christians.

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