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A nation must think before it acts.
Muslims in Florence who have campaigned for years to be allowed to build a mosque are to be sold land by the Catholic Church.
Despite opposition from local residents the diocese of Florence has agreed to sell a parcel of church land in Sesto Fiorentino, close to the Tuscan city, meaning Muslims in the area will no longer be forced to pray in garages and basements.
Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, the Archbishop of Florence, told city officials: “Everyone has a right to a dignified place to practise their own religion.”