Spain    CARDINAL URGES RECIPROCITY IN RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAM
Cardinal Ricard Maria Carles of Barcelona denounced in a recent pastoral message the lack of reciprocity in the relationship between the Church and Islam.
   The Archbishop explained that he doesn't oppose to the construction of a mosque in Barcelona. But he said that Christians must also be able to have churches in the countries of Muslim majority.
   Cardinal Carles highlighted the work of the Church in the welcoming of immigrants and persons of different religions, as well as the need of Catholic parishes in places where Catholics are not majority, "for the necessary attention of faithful", "something that isn't permitted in many places now."
   The Catalan Archbishop stressed the importance of affirming religious freedom and demanded a "just reciprocity in those countries where the Muslim religion is followed by the majority of the population, so that Christians may also have freedom for the personal and common practice of their faith."
   
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