INTERVIEW: ‘I Hope Pope Francis Will Call for Full Freedom for Everyone in Every Muslim-Majority Country’  

ZENIT - English | 2/4/2019 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
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“Dialogue is possible, but it is only authentic and genuine if it raises the tough issues. Religious freedom is foremost among them.”

In an interview with Zenit’s Deborah Castellano Lubov, who is traveling on the Papal Flight with Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates, Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, at the University of Notre Dame, author of the recently published book “Religious Freedom In Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today,” made this statement.

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In the interview, the scholar of religion and global politics notes the significance of the Holy Father’s trip will depend very much on whether a real exchange takes place on the issue of religious freedom.

“The fact that the Church did not teach religious freedom for many centuries offers a standpoint of humility in the dialogue,” he highlights.

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The American author, who has focused on reconciliation, religious freedom, and theories of religion’s role in politics, also expresses his confidence in Pope Francis to bring up religious freedom, as he “has been a strong voice for global religious freedom as well as the persecution of Christians around the world.”

Here is Zenit’s exclusive interview:

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ZENIT: The papal trip to the United Arab Emirates will undoubtedly be a historic journey since so far, no country on the Arabian Peninsula had ever welcomed a Pope. How, in your opinion, did this possibility open today?

Professor Daniel Philpott: The trip is indeed of historical importance. It continues the trajectory of interreligious dialogue and friendship that was launched at the Second Vatican Council, especially in the great document, Nostra Aetate. This trip, to a land to which no Pope has traveled, is a big step forward along this trajectory. It also embodies the Church’s mission to go out into the world and engage it, a mission that began with the...
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