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Crazy Days in Italy

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is surrounded by reporters after a cardinals’ meeting March 6 at the Vatican. These are crazy days in Rome - where limbo reigns in parliament and papacy after February elections produced no clear leader of the country and the pope resigned. Romans are living truly surreal times when a bearded comedian whose surname means “cricket” is now one of the nation’s most powerful leaders, and aging cardinals from around the world are mobbed by paparazzi as if they were Hollywood starlets.

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