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As police close informal mosques in Rome, Muslims say vow to pray at the Vatican

November 08, 2016

Police in Rome have closed down a number of Islamic centers, citing violation of zoning laws and safety codes. Some Muslims have now vowed that if they are not allowed to pray in their own centers, they will pray in the streets—or at the Vatican.

The centers targeted by police are informal mosques, set up in garages or basements, where as many as 300 people may gather on Fridays to worship. The city of Rome has offered to make a gymnasium available for Islamic prayer, but Muslim leaders are cool toward the offer. The Italian daily Il Giornale summarizes the Islamic demand: “Give us the mosques or we’ll pray at the Vatican!”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 09, 2016 4:48 AM ET USA

    Let's hope they pray for the Pope's intentions when they are on their knees at the Vatican.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 08, 2016 7:40 PM ET USA

    Typical of Islamic tsunami. Give us what we want or else. We have not learned. Read the Koran and Sharia and hopefully you will understand.

  • Posted by: Terri11 - Nov. 08, 2016 7:17 PM ET USA

    Then I pray that Our Lady of Fatima will appear to them at the Vatican and point the way to Jesus. :)