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Vatican enforcing rules on modesty in dress

July 28, 2010

The Vatican is enforcing longstanding rules requiring modesty in dress. Tourists visiting St. Peter’s basilica, and natives of Rome using the Vatican pharmacy or post office, are being gently turned away by Swiss Guards if they wear shorts; women are being asked to cover their shoulders. The stricter application of old rules for propriety in dressing have caught many tourists by surprise.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 29, 2010 4:38 PM ET USA

    Now to the individual churches...I'm tired of the flip-flops, the shorts (men and women), the T-shirts (some with inappropriate designs and words), etc, etc.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 28, 2010 3:01 PM ET USA

    It's about time! I can't tell you how many times as a man that I have lost custody of the eyes at Mass. I know I need to ask for more graces, but women have to meet me halfway and start dressing more modestly. Plus, priests need to start enforcing it. Would half these women dress as scantily in a courtroom?