The Vatican is supportive of a new law in Bavaria forcing all public buildings to display a Christian cross to greet visitors, the state’s prime minister has claimed.
From June 1st, it became compulsory for reception areas in tax offices, police stations, schools, council offices and courts to have a crucifix on show – under legislation that has proven highly divisive in the German state.
Authorities say the new law is about culture, not religion. The decree reads: "A clearly visible cross must be placed in the entrance area of every service building to serve as a reminder of the historical and cultural influence of Bavaria."
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