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Vatican in 'unprecedented' challenge to Italy homophobia law

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Jun 23 2021 07:28 AMROME - The Vatican confirmed Tuesday it had lodged a diplomatic protest against a draft Italian law on homophobia, in what was described as an "unprecedented" act of interference in Italy's affairs.The so-called Zan law, currently being debated in Italy's parliament, seeks to punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the Vatican argued in a letter, or "note verbale", that the bill violates the Concordat, the bilateral treaty between Rome and the Holy See, by curtailing Catholic freedom of belief and expression.Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed to AFP that the letter was "informally delivered" to.

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