Pope condemns alleged corruption in Rome, says city needs 'moral renewal'

December 31, 2014 7:12 PM

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Pope condemns alleged corruption in Rome, says city needs 'moral renewal'

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday administrators and criminals in Rome who allegedly pocketed public funds meant to help poor migrants, saying the eternal city needed a "spiritual and moral renewal".

Francis, who has made defense of the poor a trademark of his papacy, forcefully defended their rights in his homily at a New Year's Eve vespers service for thousands in St. Peter's Basilica.

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