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A top Muslim representative has responded to remarks by a top Vatican official who said marriages between Muslims and Catholic Christians should not be encouraged. "Mixed marriages do not exist. The so-called mixed marriage with a Muslim, in reality, is a normal marriage. Islam has nothing to do with it," said Ejaz Ahmad, member of the Italian government's consultative Islamic Council and representative of Rome's Pakistani community told Adnkronos International (AKI).

"Marriage with a Muslim can fail, as it can fail with an Italian...cultural differences mean richness and not a threat."


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