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Crucifix display now mandatory in one Italian city

June 26, 2014

The mayor of Padua, Italy has announced that the crucifix must be displayed in all public buildings.

Massimo Bitonci, who had joined in protests when courts ruled against the display of the crucifix, said that the city will distribute “a nice mandatory crucifix” to every city school and office. “Hands off the crucifixes or you will be in trouble,” the combative mayor said.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 26, 2014 5:29 PM ET USA

    This is a severe disappointment. Who is the writer on the Catholic Culture staff who inserted the descriptor "combative" with respect to this Mayor? I am 1/2 Italian, and the last I checked, Italy was a Nation which traces its Catholic roots to the beginning of the first millennium. No radical Muslim would have any scruples about tearing a crucifix from the wall of that school given 1 Muslim student!