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Pope blasts ‘Nazi dictatorship’ EU

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With England and France feuding, Russia mobilising and Brussels incurring the wrath of Rome, it all feels a bit 1530 in Europe at the moment. The latest Renaissance throwback has been the octogenarian Pope Francis coming out swinging against the European Union for its efforts to ban the word ‘Christmas’ among Brussels bureaucrats. 

Other EU suggestions include replacing Christian names such as Mary and John with ‘international’ names such as Malika and Julio

Hand-wringing pen-pushers have told their fellow Eurocrats to swap it instead to ‘holiday period’ as it could be offensive to non-Christians, as part of a guide on ‘inclusive communication.’

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