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Pope Benedict XVI Supports Teacher Accused Of Showing Graphic Images Of Apocalypse

An Italian religious studies teacher has been suspended for depicting the Apocalypse so vividly that it shocked an elementary school girl to tears. The teacher wrote to the Pope, who has sent her an encouraging response.

Pope Benedict XVI (Sergey Gabdurakhmanov)
Pope Benedict XVI (Sergey Gabdurakhmanov)

ROME - Pope Benedict XVI has offered his support and blessing to an Italian elementary school teacher who was suspended for showing graphic images of the apocalypse to her students, leaving some in tears.

Cristina Vai, a religious studies teacher at Bombicci school in Bologna, gave a lesson to her mostly six-year-old students on the struggle between good and evil , showing graphic images of violent fights between angels and the devil, and God's punishments.

The parents of a pupil complained with the school director that her daughter had been shocked by that lesson, and Vai was subsequently suspended. The veteran teacher called for help from the very top. "At the end of November, I wrote to the Pope, to tell him my situation and to thank him for his heroic battle against the current nihilist Zeitgeist," she said.

A few days ago, she received an answer. In a letter from Peter Brian Wells, Assessor of the General Affairs of Vatican Secretary of State, the Pope is quoted giving his blessing to the teacher, and expressing his support for a profession "executed with commitment and dedication." Benedict does not specifically cite the controversy, but thanks Vai for her "faithful gesture and for the sentiments that have inspired you. He prays for a constant generous commitment to shape a young generation of Christians."

Fabio Garagnani, a member of the Italian parliament, who has backed the teacher from the beginning of the matter, said that now she should be reinstated in her job. "I hope that this letter from the Pope will finally clear that the teacher is in in perfect accordance with Catholic orthodoxy." He said.

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