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11 HOURS AGO - CBS News

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Vatican mixed-up in Italy's "banned books" battle

Pope sent lesbian children's book publisher formulaic blessing; some of her books among those banned by Venice public preschools

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11 HOURS AGO - Seattle Times

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Vatican gets embroiled in Italy’s ‘banned books’ fray

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books. The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Friday after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children’s book publisher and her partner as an endorsement […]

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13 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis Gives Blessing To Author Of Gay Children's Book

Pope Francis sent a blessing to the author of a children's book that has been censored in Italy due to its same-sex themes.  Francesca Pardi, author of Piccolo Uovo or Little Egg, received a letter dated July 9 from the Vatican's secretariat of state. A blessing from Pope Francis was enclosed in the letter, according to Father Manuel Dorantes, assistant to the director ...

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16 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Ex-archbishop dies ahead of paedophilia trial: Vatican

Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead in his apartment in the city state. Wesolowski, 67, was found slumped in front of his television, officials said, and the Vatican said in an official statement that it appeared the disgraced former ...

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18 HOURS AGO - The Guardian

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Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children's book

Italian book that explores different family types including same sex was banned by mayor of Venice, but pontiff becomes unlikely supporterThe hippos, kangaroos and penguins adorning the cover of Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) give little hint of the political and religious storm the children’s book has caused. While following the adventures of an egg may seem harmless enough, its discovery ...

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