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John Allen lists five 'under-reported' stories of 2010

December 31, 2010

America's top Vatican-watcher, John Allen, lists 5 stories that deserved more attention in 2010: the Boffo case, the Vatican banking scandals, the debate over crucifix displays in Europe, the Synod for the Middle East, and the emerging focus on "Christianophobia."

Two of those stories-- the ugly firing of the editor of the newspaper owned by the Italian bishops' conference, and the money-laundering probes into the Vatican bank and the Congregation for Evangelization, fall into the category of "scandal," alongside the year's most heavily covered story, the sex-abuse furor in Europe. The other three of Allen's under-reported stories could all be included within the overall debate about religious freedom, secularism, and the public role of faith.

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