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Roma, 10 nov (Prima Pagina News) By VICTOR L. SIMPSON    VATICAN CITY – The Catholic world was astir this week when Pope Francis used his weekly Angelus appearance at his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square to denounce the latest Vatilkeaks scandal. ``Stealing documents is a crime,’’ he reminded the thousands gathered beneath him in St. Peter’s Square. ``It is a reprehensible act.’’ And if anyone thought otherwise, the clearly angry pope promised that ``this sad fact will not distract me from the work of reform.’’ Media reports described his words – his first in public since the scandal broke – as highly unusual comments generally made to only his closest associates and too embarrassing for the public at large to hear. And yet over the year popes make some of their most important and personal statements and observations in the weekly Sunday appearance at their window and at their Wednesday general audiences. . They use the occasions not only to denounce scandals, but for appeals to stop wars and other outbreaks of violence, rally public support behind a cause or to make effective political statements. Pope John Paul II attacked suppression by the communist government in his native Poland, Pope Francis endorsed the accord reached to halt Iran’s quest foer a nuclear weapon. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI broke his silence on an earlier Vatileaks scandal saying it brought ``sadness to my heart’’ but that he was grateful to those aides who worked faithfully and in silence to help him do his job. There has been nothing more personal, however, than when Pope Paul VI appeared at his window on April 5, 1976 to defend himself from what he called ``horrible and slanderous insinuations’’ that he was a homosexual.. The claim had been made by a French author, Roger Peyrefrittee, in an article in an Italian magazine, which was seized by police on the ground it defamed a foreign head of state. Ironically, the pope gave the claim far more impact by speaking out than if had remained only on the pages of a little-known Italian magazine.

(PPN) 10 nov 2015  18:59