NEW YORK (Jun. 27)
Mexico has given official recognition to Judaism, in accordance with a new constitutional amendment designed to protect the rights of religious organizations, the World Jewish Congress has reported.
Interior Minister Patrocinio Gonzalez Garrido received the leadership of Mexico’s Jewish community at the official registration, according to a report the WJC received from the Comite Central Israelita de Mexico.
Mexico last year adopted the constitutional measure, aimed at easing institutional hostility against religious structures — principally the Roman Catholic Church — that followed the 1910 Mexican revolution.
The Catholic Church had historically been aligned with reactionary forces in early Mexican history.
The Jewish community joins more than 30 other religious bodies which have registered under the new law.
Registered groups are entitled to operate openly as legal entities and have transactional rights, such as owning and transferring property.