Claim: Pope Francis declared at the Third Vatican Council that "all religions are true."
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2013]
POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS RACISM AND DECLARES THAT "ALL RELIGIONS ARE TRUE" AT HISTORIC THIRD VATICAN COUNCIL
Origins: On December 2013, the Diversity Chronicle blog published an article positing that at the Third Vatican Council, Pope Francis had condemned racism, welcomed pro-choice and homosexual members to the church, and declared that "we all worship the same God" and that "all religions are true":
To a chorus of thunderous applause, Pope Francis stated "because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!"
In a speech that shocked many, the Pope claimed "All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God."
Last updated: 30 September 2015