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Recognise God, Church tells EU

THE CATHOLIC Church would like to see three major points addressed in the European Union's future constitution, it emerged last week.

Above all, the Church requests "the juridical recog

nition of churches and religious communities, entailing, specifically, the right of each one to freely organise itself, in keeping with its own statutes and objectives," the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said.

Secondly, the Church calls for the safeguarding of the specific identity of churches and religious communities, and "in virtue of the contribution that the latter make to public life, to provide for structured dialogue between the Union and these confessions".

Lastly, the Church requests "respect, on the part of the Union's legislation, of the juridical status that religious confessions enjoy in virtue of the national legislations of the member states".

The Vatican secretary of state quoted the results of research that disclose that 81 per cent of the citizens of the 15 EU member states and 10 applicant countries, identified with a Christian confession.

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