By Anthony Faiola / Stefano Pitrelli in Rome and Virgile Demoustier in Paris contributed to this report.
ROME — When the last Iranian president touched down in the Eternal City for a U.N. summit in 2008, Italian officials and businessmen ran the other way. But they are already lining up for Hassan Rouhani.
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By Anthony Faiola / Stefano Pitrelli contributed to this report.
VATICAN CITY — Two days before a longtime Vatican official burst from his stained-glass closet last month, he was dining with an Italian media consultant inside an elegant restaurant on the right bank of Rome’s Tiber River. The topic of conversation: How should the official come out?
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By Michelle Boorstein & Paul Farhi / Stefano Pitrelli contributed to this story from Rome
Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi suggested that his book was made possible by the desire for more expansive reforms. (AP)
Gossip and internal politicking are so much a part of Vatican life that an old Rome joke goes: “In the Church, a secret is something you only tell one person at a time.”
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