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OCT 24, 2014 - The Independent

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Postcard from... Rome

Pope Francis has sent a Vatican emissary to clean up the diocese of Albenga in Liguria, where tales of tattooed priests working as barmen and padres posing shirtless with their gay lovers on websites are said to have shocked some of the locals.

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OCT 24, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Rev. Luigi Ciotti, Italian Priest, Goes After Mafia Despite Death Threats

ROME (RNS) Half a dozen men stand nonchalantly in front of a grubby building on one of Rome’s busiest streets as cars whizz past. They stiffen whenever a stranger approaches. But few would guess they’re undercover cops protecting Italy’s most endangered man. Inside is the Rev. Luigi Ciotti, a 69-year-old priest with soft brown eyes and silver hair who has ...

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OCT 23, 2014 - Associated Press

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Pope condemns extraordinary renditions in law talk

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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OCT 23, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis Defends Prisoners' Rights, Calls For Abolition Of Death Penalty

Pope Francis is speaking up for some of the most outcast members of society -- the prisoners. The pontiff issued a call for the abolition of the death penalty on Thursday, harshly criticizing prison systems around the world for overstepping boundaries, mistreating inmates, and failing to recognize the sanctity of human life. “All Christians and men of good will are ...

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OCT 22, 2014 - The Week

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Pope Francis welcomes Bayern Munich team to the Vatican

During a private meeting with members of the FC Bayern Munich sports club on Wednesday, Pope Francis told the soccer players that they "played a wonderful game."Bayern Munich beat Roma 7-1 in Italy on Tuesday night. The team gave Pope Francis a signed soccer ball and jersey — complete with "Francis" across the back. CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge also announced ...

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