Saturday, June 12, 2010

Zapatero meets Pope

"The pope and Zapatero met privately for 30 minutes June 10 at the Vatican.

A Vatican statement issued after the meeting said they discussed "the current economic-financial crisis and the role of ethics," as well the situations in Central America and the Middle East.

On bilateral relations, it said, questions of concern for the church in Spain include "the eventual presentation of a new law on religious freedom, the sacredness of human life from the moment of conception and the importance of education."

Zapatero's government has drafted a religious freedom law that would strengthen the secular character of the state, including by removing religious symbols from government-run buildings. Apparently, however, no action on the law is expected until after Pope Benedict visits the country in November". Link see also:Link

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