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Pope's 'personal' phone calls landing the Vatican in hot water

Published on Apr 24, 2014 7:49 PM
 
Pope Francis speaks as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 23, 2014. Pope Francis's habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis' habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough.

Lombardi said on Thursday the calls were part of the pope's "personal pastoral relationships" and "do not in any way form a part of the pope's public activities".

The spokesman said media reports about the phone calls have been "a source of misunderstanding and confusion".

"Consequences relating to the teaching of the Church are not to be inferred from these occurrences," he said.

 
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