Vatican steps into veil debate

A cardinal says 'guests' must follow the laws of their host country, including the banning of veils.

    Martino said 'guests' from a different culture must respect the traditions ... of the countries they go to

    Vatican Radio reiterated the stance, saying that "the question of the veil for Islamic women" should be "considered in the context of respect for the laws of the countries which welcome them".

    Cultural traditions

    Martino's comments come two weeks before the pope begins a visit to Turkey.

    "Dialogue is needed with our brothers"

    Cardinal Renato Martino, former Vatican envoy to the UN

    Send us your views

    Although a secular state, Turkey has long wrestled over whether Muslim women should wear Islamic headscarves in such places as universities and public offices, where the article of clothing has been banned for many years.

    Flanking the cardinal, Agostino Marchetto, another Vatican official who deals with immigration issues, referred to Italy's law requiring people to keep their faces visible in public.

    The law dates to Italy's crackdown on domestic terrorism several decades ago.

    Marchetto said Italy "rightly" has such a law and that obeying it is "part of accepting the law of this country".

    Marchetto said: "Dialogue is needed with our brothers to make them understand the consequences of some of their desires, such as their own cultural and religious traditions, would not be positive in the society they are now in."

    Martino also pushed the Vatican's campaign for Christians' right to worship around the world.

    He lamented that some countries do not allow immigrants from Christian countries to profess their faith easily.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.