Vatican speaks out on Muslim women's veils

Joins chorus of European leaders
Top Vatican officials have added their voice to a chorus of European leaders critical of Muslim women who wear veils that conceal their faces.

Presenting Pope Benedict XVI’s annual message on immigration, Cardinal Renato Martino of the Vatican’s Council for Justice and Peace told a news conference on November 14 that religious immigrants “must respect the traditions, symbols, culture and religion of the countries they move to.”

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, a top church authority on immigration, noted that the objections were directed primarily at the niqab—a full-face veil worn by women in many Muslim societies.


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