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Pope calls Benigni on 10 Commandments program, sources say


Rome, December 18 - Pope Francis has telephoned
actor Roberto Benigni to compliment him on his performance in
the Italian television special "The Ten Commandments," Vatican
sources told Ansa Thursday.
However, Vatican officials would not comment.
"We neither confirm nor deny the story," Vatican deputy
press officer Father Ciro Benedettini said.
"This is a case of a private telephone call by the Holy
Father," meaning the press office normally would not comment.
Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, a friend of Benigni and
spiritual advisor to the Sant'Egidio Community, said he also had
telephoned the actor.
"I saw the show and I liked it."
Asked about the pope's call to Benigni, Paglia said "I
wouldn't be at all surprised though I can't confirm if there was
such a call or not".
However several Vatican sources confirmed the unusual call.
"He called him after the first episode," they said.
Insiders close to Francis say that normally he does not
watch television and did not even watch the World Cup final with
his native Argentina playing even though he is a passionate
soccer fan.
In the case of the Ten Commandments show, however, Francis
evidently made an exception or perhaps also noted the
enthusiastic reviews in the Catholic press in Italy.

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