“Higher Power” Says No Communion for Italian Statesman

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Writer

(June 24, 2008) Only a day after the divorced and remarried Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was told to ask a “higher power” about relaxing the rules preventing him from receiving Communion, Pope Benedict XVI boldly reiterated that only those Catholics in a state of grace can receive the Eucharist.

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