Italian Education Minister moots removing Christian cross from classrooms

Italian Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti on Monday mooted removing crucifixes from schoolrooms to underline their secular nature, sparking a huge row. “I believe in a secular school, I think that schools must be secular and allow all cultures to express themselves and not show one symbol in particular,” he said, as reported by ANSA.

Lega’s leader Matteo Salvini immediately slammed the Minister. “Oriana Fallaci was right. The problem is some Italians forgetting their roots, denying our history, Italy is losing its identity,” he said.

The secretary general of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), Msgr Stefano Russo, said Fioramonti’s stance had been “rash”. “We need these symbols at the preset time. The crucifix does no harm and does not offend anyone. It absolutely a positive sign”, Russo said. 

Minister Fioramonti said he was “dismayed by the media hype” underlying that the issue is not on today’s agenda.