CCEE: CARDINAL RICARD, YES TO MOSQUES IN EUROPE "IF HUMAN AND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS ARE RESPECTED" (2)

As for the possibility of new mosques to be opened in Europe, Cardinal Ricard declared: "Religious freedom implies that believers have their own worship places, which applies for both Christians and Muslims, in both European and Muslim countries." The Cardinal is in favour of the building of new mosques in Europe "provided that they respect the human and cultural environments in which they are built and that they adapt themselves to the host country." "Basically," he explains "the building of a minaret inviting people to prayer is causing opposition and irritation in some countries." For this reason, one says yes to mosques and no to minarets." Answering the concerns of those who believe that the construction of new mosques may represent a danger to the security of Europe, Cardinal Ricard says: "The risk will be bigger if Islam remains underground and hidden." "On the contrary, I believe that making this religion more ‘official’ and visible will contribute to guarantee an increased security to Western countries." ” ” ” ” ” “

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