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Spain Completes Drafting of Bill on Religious Freedom to Jews

A bill guaranteeing religious freedom to the Jews of Spain and to other non-Catholics in that country, has been drafted for introduction into the Cortes (Parliament), it was reported today from Madrid in a dispatch to The New York Times.

While the measure, which was 10 years in preparation, would still leave in force certain religious limitations, particularly proselytization, it would allow Jews and other minority religions to erect and install places of worship which could be marked externally with religious symbols and advertise services. Spanish Jews, according to the new bill, would also be allowed to acquire cemetery plots and would be excused from attending Catholic instruction in schools.