Italian European Affairs Minister Andrea Ronchi has proposed a registry for imams in Italy, in order to control the building of mosques, and a referendum to urge for more integration of places of worship according to the social and urban contexts where they are based. Ronchi made the proposals suggesting that the initiatives would improve religious dialogue. He also stated that he would like to restart dialogue between Muslims and institutions including the Islamic Council or Consulta per l’Islam. However, Ronchi said that he did not want the Union of Islamic Communities of Italy to take part in the initiative, even though it is the country’s largest Muslim group – calling them “the real exponents of non-dialogue” concerning the group’s denial of the existence of Israel.
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