King Felipe Promotes Secularism

King Felipe VI has decided that political appointees can be sworn in without a Bible and crucifix, as has has been long-standing tradition, media outlets are reporting.

King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.
King Felipe swears-in new Constitutional Court magistrate at Zarzuela Palace.

King Felipe has decided that the Bible and crucifix are optional, as a way of promotion freedom of religion as enshrined in the Constitution.

Don Felipe’s recent proclamation as King was different from his father’s in that it didn’t include a crucifix.

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Prince Felipe proclaimed King in 2014.
Prince Juan Carlos proclaimed King in 1975.
Prince Juan Carlos proclaimed King in 1975.

Former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, a fierce Catholic, used to display large crucifixes for events.

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