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Pope calls for 'ethical renewal' in Italy: a rebuke to Berlusconi?

September 22, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI called for “ethical renewal” in Italy, in a September 22 message to that country’s President Giorgio Napolitano. The Pope’s message was widely interpreted as a comment on the highly publicized scandals involving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Pope Benedict’s message was brief, couched in general terms, and did not mention Berlusconi. As he traveled to Germany for a 4-day visit there, the Pontiff was following a relatively new papal tradition by sending telegrams to the heads of state of each country his plane passed over.


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