Pope Francis greets a group of miners from Chile as he leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a rare public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican.The Vatican has been the focus of several controversies including the coming out of a gay priest and the leak of a controversial letter, while the pontiff himself ended up in the headlines for a gaffe which helped oust Rome's mayor.The pontiff was also drawn into the murky world of Italian politics this month after pointedly denying Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino had been invited on a papal trip to the states.
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