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Vatican paper chides Berlusconi for crude jokes

October 04, 2010

The Vatican newspaper has chastised Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for his “deplorable” use of anti-Semitic and off-color jokes.

Berlusconi’s blasphemous phrases and sexist remarks—apparently made in conversations that the Italian leader did not intend to become public—deserve condemnation regardless of the circumstances in which they were made, said the editor of Avvenire, the daily published by the Italian bishops’ conference. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, was particularly critical of tasteless jokes about the Holocaust that “offend indiscriminately the feelings of the faithful and the sacred memory of the six million victims.”


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