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Media fascinated by gun-loving cardinal

April 12, 2012

Italian newspapers are taking special interest in a ranking Vatican official’s collection of firearms.

Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, the president of the Administration of the Vatican Patrimony of the Apostolic See, owns a collection of hunting rifles, shotguns, and pistols. The weapons are not currently at the Vatican; they are kept in a locked gun safe in Savona, where Cardinal Calcagno served as bishop before his 2007 appointment to a Vatican post.

Although he enjoys hunting and shooting, the cardinal concedes that he enjoys the guns for themselves. "What I like above all is repairing weapons," he tells reporters.

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