Crucifixes and pork-free pasta: what really gets Italians riled

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Crucifixes and pork-free pasta: what really gets Italians riled

New education minister cops flak of biblical proportions for suggesting a more secular approach in the classroom

Josephine McKenna

A culture war over crucifixes and tortellini has erupted in Italy after high-profile figures suggested making changes to entrenched cultural traditions in a bid to be more inclusive.

Lorenzo Fioramonti, Italy’s new education minister, provoked an outcry from the Catholic Church and political opponents this week by saying schools should no longer be required to display a crucifix in the classroom.

Fioramonti, from the Five Star Movement (https://www.thelocal.it/20190902/how-the-rebel-five-star-movement-joined-italy-establishment), was appointed education minister when the new coalition government was formed last month...

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