Religious Freedom

“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families. Because religion itself, the religious dimension, is not a subculture; it is part of the culture of every people and every nation.”

— Pope Francis, September 26, 2015, Philadelphia, PA, Meeting for Religious Liberty with Hispanic Community and other Immigrants

The Conference advocates for public policies that protect freedom of conscience and the right of individuals and institutions to be true to their faith in worship and in deed. This right is inherent in natural law, and is enshrined in our commonwealth’s and nation’s founding documents.

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