II Interreligious Ibero-American Meeting – BARCELONA, 25 to 27 of June 2012

03 June12
Barcelona will be the stage, next month of June, of the II Interreligious Ibero-American Meeting, a summit that will focus on the interreligious dialogue.
The Organization President is the Muslim, Mohamed Halhoul, also Secretary and Speaker of the Islamic Council of Catalonia.
In representation of the Islamic communities of Portugal and Spain, the following Institutions will be participating:
• Centro Cultural Islámico de Madrid (Islamic Cultural Institution of Spain – http://www.ccislamico.com/home2.html)
• Consell Islàmic Cultural de Catalunya (Cultural and Religious officially recognized representation of the Islamic communities of Catalonia -http://www.consellislamic.org/inici)
• Unión de Comunidades Islámicas de Cataluña (UCIDCAT – Regional version of the UCIDE – http://ucidecatalunya.blogspot.nl/)
• Unión de Comunidades Islámicas de España (UCIDE – Legal and political Representation of all Islamic communities of Spain – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uni%C3%B3n-de-Comunidades-Isl%C3%A1micas-de-Espa%C3%B1a/323913827655619)
• Comunidade Islâmica de Lisboa (Portuguese Muslim Organization with siege in Lisbon – www.comunidadeislamica.pt/)

Catalonia Passes Law Governing Houses of Worship

The Catalan Parliament has passed a law governing houses of worship in the region. The law has a triple objective: to facilitate the exercising of the right to freedom of worship, to provide support to city councils when guaranteeing this right and to ensure adequate conditions with regards safety and hygiene in places of worship. It thus obliges city councils to set aside spaces for religious use and also a municipal license for the opening and use of places of worship. Mohamed Halhoul, spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural Council of Catalonia, said the new policy is useful and necessary to ensure religious freedom and the fundamental right to worship. He stressed the law requires municipalities to provide public land for religious facilities, also to minorities.