ITALY: The Bishop & the Grocer

In the ancient Tuscan town of Prato brawny Grocer Mauro Bellandi, 33, has long been known as a Communist sympathizer, an atheist, and a vigorous critic of the Roman Catholic Church. But it was not until a year ago last August, when he made his fiancee Loriana Nunziati promise that she would not insist on a church wedding, that his opinions landed, him in trouble. On the very day that Grocer Bellandi was married by Prato's Communist mayor, greying, lantern-jawed Pietro Fiordelli. bishop of Prato, ordered the priest of Santa Maria del...

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