NEWS STORY: Pope meets with Italy’s ex-communist prime minister

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c. 1999 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In a striking footnote to history, Pope John Paul II met Friday (Jan. 8) with Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema, the first former Communist to lead a major Western European country. The Polish-born pontiff, once a tireless campaigner against communism, has met with 10 ex-communist leaders since […]

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