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Church urges politicians to put aside disputes

Bishops Conference fears national issues lost on infighting

Church urges politicians to put aside disputes

Vatican City, May 21 - It is time Italian politicians put aside their partisan wrangling to deal with serious issues facing the country, a spokesman for the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) said Tuesday. "It would be worrying, faced with situations so urgent for the country, to see the prolongation of skirmishes," and confrontations of the type normally seen on the campaign trail, said Msgr. Mariano Crociata, secretary to the organization's leader Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. While national leaders focus so much on politics, "the problems grow and no one seems to cope," said Crociata. No single party won a majority in February's general election, but last month, Enrico Letta of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) was named premier and managed to cobble together a left-right government. Still, that has meant continued struggles between the PD, ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement(M5S).

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