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Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray


The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

   The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Friday after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children's book publisher and her partner as an endorsement of their lifestyle.

   Author Francesca Pardi had written to Francis in June complaining about how her books -- some of which deal with children growing up with gay, single and divorced parents -- had been maligned by Catholic groups and politicians.

   A half-dozen of her titles, for example, were among the 49 titles that Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro recently banned from public preschools pending a review of their appropriateness because they deal with gender issues.

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