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Papal support for embattled Italian schoolteacher

December 14, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of support to an Italian schoolteacher who has come under fire for exposing young children to vivid images of hell and of battles between angels and demons.

Cristina Vai, who was suspended after parents complained that 6-year-old students were upset by the classroom presentations, wrote to the Pope (among others) asking for support. She received a note from the Vatican Secretariat of State, saying that the Pope was grateful for her "faithful gesture and for the sentiments that have inspired you." The note did not refer specifically to the teacher's controversy.


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