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Roma (Gypsies), Pontiffs and a Complex and Bitter History

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. With burning embers still smoldering from a fire that killed four Roma (Gypsy) children, children that were not only trapped in their wooden shack in a village in the Italian capital “illegal” but trapped by centuries of racism and oppression; it was an understatement, a weak attempt to absolve European and Church history, when Pope Benedict XVI told visiting Romani that: “Your history is complex, and, in some periods, painful.” To their credit, though, Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican had just hosted the first-ever papal audience for 2,000 Catholic Gypsies. In many respects, it was a long over-due meeting, one that should have occurred…