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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Pope Francis speaks as he visits the Festival of Families September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is in Philadelphia for the last leg of his six-day visit to the U.S. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pope Francis: Secular States Must Protect Religious Liberty

After Monday’s big victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor against Obamacare, Pope Francis has made a robust case for religious freedom, arguing that it is absolutely essential for a modern secular state.

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Pope Francis: ‘Persecution Is the Christian’s Daily Bread’

From the earliest centuries to our own time, martyrdom is always present in the Christian Church, Pope Francis said Tuesday, in recalling the scores of Pakistani Christians slaughtered in the Easter Day massacre just two weeks ago and the many who suffer for religious liberty under unjust laws.