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Joaquim Veríssimo, Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs of Mozambique, is advocating a law on religious freedom to regulate the sector, in view of concerns about practices in certain churches.
“We are very concerned about images, audios and videos circulating on social networks documenting practices in some religious denominations,” Veríssimo is quoted by Notícias as saying.
Videos and audios of leaders of religious sects allegedly performing miracles have also circulated on social networks, triggering repudiation from various social circles in the country.
Minister Veríssimo said that the government and churches should reflect on practices which go beyond the moral vocation of religion.
The law on religious freedom that the Mozambican executive will submit to the Assembly of the Republic will include a code of conduct, Veríssimo added, and would control the spread of unregistered churches.
Despite concern over practices in some churches, the Minister acknowledged the importance of religion in the social and moral domains.
“Your contributions inspired the legal reforms that have allowed us to consolidate and adapt our legal system, making it increasingly fair, accessible to all, with a focus on citizens’ fundamental rights, duties and freedoms,” he said.Source: Lusa