Vatican bans La Repubblica journalist from traveling with pope

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A woman buys a copy of Italian newspaper La Repubblica in Rome October 22, 2009.  Photo courtesy REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

A woman buys a copy of Italian newspaper La Repubblica in Rome October 22, 2009. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) La Repubblica, a top left-leaning daily, came under criticism from the Vatican last month when its media conglomerate, L’Espresso, published an advance copy of the pope’s environmental encyclical.