Lithuania steps into European crucifix debate to support Italy


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Lithuania has come out in support of Italy in its efforts to revise a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that obliges State schools throughout Italy to remove crucifixes from classrooms, reports Ecumenical News International.

The online news daily, on 13 January reported that the Committee for Foreign Relations of the Lithuanian Parliament had decided to join the dispute with the European court, and to defend the right of believers to the public display of religious symbols.

"The public use of crucifixes reflects the Christian tradition of Europe, and should not be considered a restriction of religious freedom," said Lithuanian foreign minister, Vygaudas Usackas.