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Unformatted text preview: HUI 239 11/24/09 Lecture • Italy is predominantly a Catholic country (87% of the population) • There is a big difference in their culture today than it was in, say, 1955. • 91.1% Christian, 1.4% Muslim, 0.1% Jewish • Immigration (legal and illegal) affects these numbers. About 1 million of 2.9 million immigrants are Muslim. o The mosque that was being built in Rome became controversial because they wanted to build it taller than St. Peter’s church (which was illegal) • An issue that became a legal issue was about a Muslim woman who challenged the state for putting a crucifix in public offices. • During unification, the Church became one of the major adversaries, because the Pope didn’t recognize the state of Italy and so people were in trouble. The nation was born with separation between Church and State. This separation was effective until February 1929, when Mussolini solved the “Roman Question” with the Pacts of Lateran. o Pacts of Lateran consisted of three parts: 1. RCC was given: Creation of independent Vatican city-state, possession of numerous churches and palaces...
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