How chatty Pope Francis keeps the Vatican scrambling

February 6, 2015 10:19 AM

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Unlike many pontiffs before him, Pope Francis rarely speaks in riddles. The 78-year-old has earned a reputation as the chattiest of popes, his off-the-cuff remarks often blunt, occasionally amusing — and sometimes in need of clarification by his press office.

The latest explanation came this week, when the pope seemed to support spanking children — as long as it doesn’t strip them of their dignity.

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