Hollande tells pope France defends religious freedom

French president calls on Vatican to receive Syrian opposition

24 January, 14:11

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 24 - French President Francois Hollande on Friday said after an audience at the Vatican with Pope Francis that he 'confirmed to the pontiff that France defends religious freedom everywhere. It is the homeland of human rights and freedom of conscience'.

    bHollande added: 'We share the same determination against all anti-religious acts that can be committed, without distinction, most of all in places of worship'. He also stressed that 'laity permits dialogue with all religions'.

    Hollande also discussed the situation in Syria with the pontiff and asked him to receive a delegation of the Syrian opposition Coalition. 'I expressed to the pontiff the hope that the Vatican will welcome the Syrian democratic coalition to make clear that peace is reached through a pluralistic political solution', the president told reporters in Rome after meeting the pope. 'Geneva 2 must lead to a transition', he said.

    (ANSAmed).

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