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Muslim journalist in Vatican newspaper: Marrakesh Declaration is ‘very important step forward’

January 29, 2016

L’Osservatore Romano published a column on the front page of its January 29 edition welcoming the Marrakesh Declaration as a “very important step forward” in addressing the plight of religious minorities in Muslim societies.

The declaration, adopted by 300 Muslim clerics and scholars at a conference sponsored by the Moroccan government, should be praised for its “courage and lucidity” in condemning terrorism and its “revolutionary” call to revise textbooks in order to foster respect for religious minorities, wrote the column’s author, Zouhir Louassini.

Louassini, a Muslim journalist who works for Italy’s state-owned 24-hour news channel, acknowledged that the declaration did not address the “thorny question” of whether Muslims may convert to other religions.

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