“When religious freedom is acknowledged, the dignity of the human person is respected at its root, and the ethos and institutions of peoples are strengthened. On the other hand, whenever religious freedom is denied, and attempts are made to hinder people from professing their religion or faith and living accordingly, human dignity is offended, with a resulting threat to justice and peace.
Religious freedom is, in this sense, also an achievement of a sound political and juridical culture. It is an essential good”
Pope Benedict XVI