Abstract: The research studies the treatment of religious organizations of the principle of secularity of the state, its understanding of the canon law doctrine and internal confessional documents. It is noted that positive attitude to the constitutional principle of secularity is characteristic for the majority of religious communities in Italy and the Russian Federation however, there are some differences in understanding this principle and its implementation. The study considers the official positions of the majority (with the largest number of followers) of religious organizations. As a result of the analysis, the authors indicate general aspects of understanding the secular character of the state with which all religious organizations in Russia and Italy are in solidarity. The researchers also emphasize that to reflect the attitude of religious denominations to the secular character of the state in the Russian Federation a uniform form of program documents is applied. There is a lack of unified approach on this issue in religious associations of Italy.
I.A. Pibayev and Ye. Ustyuzhaninova, 2016. The Principle of Secularity of State in the Documents and Internal Institutions of Religious Associations of Russia and Italy. The Social Sciences, 11: 2250-2258.