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Italian bishop helps dedicate new Islamic cultural center

February 10, 2015

An Italian bishop attended the opening of an Islamic cultural center in his diocese on February 9, and cautioned that religion must not be used as a pretext for violence.

Speaking at the dedication of the center, Bishop Michele Seccia of Teramo-Atri called attention to a green wall, and said he hoped “the green wall doesn’t become black”—a reference to the black flag of the Islamic State.

Kabri Bedri, the head of the Islamic community that was inaugurating the new center, stressed that the members of his group were loyal Italians. “We will be careful that no one complains of our presence,” he promised.


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