A training course starting soon in northern Italy will teach imams and other religious leaders the workings of the Italian Constitution as part of efforts to improve integration in the country.

The course is aimed at non-Catholic religious leaders who come from non-EU countries but plan to work in Italy.

"The aim is to create a climate of tolerance through the teaching of the rights and duties inherent in our democratic societies," Bologna University's Religious Law professor Frederica Botti, who has co-ordinated the course, told La Repubblica.

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