New Italian Law Exempts Rabbis from Military Service

The rights of worship of members of non-Catholic religions in Italy are fully confirmed and non-Catholic clergy are authorized to assist in public hospitals and in prisons by the regulations of the law for non-Catholic religions in Italy, passed in June, 1929, and made public here today.

The regulations also provide that non-Catholic clergymen are to be exempt from military service in time of war and that they may provide religious aid to non-Catholic soldiers. Students in non-Catholic seminaries of rabbinical schools may postpone their military service until after graduation and parents of non-Catholic students in the elementary schools are entitled to claim exemption for their children from religious instruction.

The new law makes provision also for instruction in a special religion within the school premises when the number of non-Catholic students is sufficiently large to warrant it. Schools in non-Catholic communities may be subsidised by the state or by the municipality.

A law regarding the organization of the Jewish communities along the lines proposed by a special government commission, created for that purpose last October, to the ministry of worship, is expected soon.

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