The Pope hopes new Iraqi Constitution respects religious freedom
The Pope hopes new Iraqi Constitution respects religious freedom

.- As he received the new  Iraqi  Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Pope Benedict expressed  this Thursday his wishes that the new Iraqi constitution  respects the right to religious freedom. The vice-director of the press room of the Holy See, Fr. Ciro Benedettini, C.P, announced that the Pontiff received Zebari in a private audience, followed by another meeting with the Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

During both meetings “the current situation of Iraq was reviewed, with special reference to the text of the constitution, about to be presented for approval to the National Assembly and the special subject of religious freedom” informed Fr. Benedetttini

“Emphasis was put as well on the fact that  reconstruction of the institutions in the country should take place in a climate of dialogue  that involves all the religious groups and the diverse elements of society,” he concluded.

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