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Letter from Rome

Pope Francis waves and smiles as he arrives for a general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 8, 2017. 
(Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP)

February 13, 2017

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You've all heard by now of the posters criticizing Pope Francis, which appeared (illegally) in the early hours of last Saturday morning (Feb. 4) on official billboards around Rome.

There they were as we awoke to a new day in all their mocking sarcasm — a picture of a grumpy and stern-looking pope with these words in Roman dialect: "Ah, Frankie… Where's your mercy?"

The posters complained against several actions the reforming pope has taken to rein in traditionalist religious orders embroiled in controversy, as well as his unprecedented move to reform the Order of Malta.

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