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La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, March 8, 2007

Italy turns the page on Cardinal Ruini

As the Cardinal Ruini is retiring from his post as president of the Episcopal Conference of Italy (CEI), to be replaced by the Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco, the journalist and writer Marco Politi looks back on the career of the man who led the most powerful Church in Western Europe for sixteen years. "Camillo Ruini may be will be handing over the reins, but his voice will continue to be heard ... . In 1985, the Pope Wojtyla had given him an objective: to work on the Christian re-conquering of Italy. Ruini responded by turning the Episcopal Conference into a political tool, directly negotiating with political parties and by giving the Church permanent power to forbid, exercise pressure, and legitimate or not laws".

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