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Religious zone is the only one not to preach

AMID THE noise and clamour of the Dome, visitors will be able to find a little peace and quiet in the faith zone. Despite the controversy about the Dome's spiritual content, the organisers have created a zone that explains facets of nine of the world's main religions without being overly religious.

Letter: Faith in the Dome

"CHURCHES SLAM the Faith Zone" (12 December) is about as inaccurate a headline as you can have. I visited the Dome on Tuesday, in the company of two bishops, a leading Methodist, a Catholic and others. What we saw delighted us all: compelling videos and graphic displays exploring the role the Christian faith has played in the UK's life, and clear explanations about the place of Jesus Christ in the formation of our calendar. Also with us was the lead Christian chaplain, whose team will be leading Christian prayer twice a day in the separate Prayer Space. Oh, and there are several crosses built into the design.

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