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Berlusconi's publishing house launches pope weekly

Tuesday - 3/4/2014, 9:01am  ET

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has scored plenty of magazine covers but now he's got a magazine all to himself.

The Mondadori publishing house, which lists the popular celebrity gossip rag Chi among its titles, said Tuesday it is launching a new magazine entirely devoted to the weekly doings, sayings, gestures and activities of the 265th Successor of Peter.

"My Pope," at 50 cents ($0.70) a pop, hits newsstands Wednesday, and each week will include a free pull-out poster with one of Francis' more memorable quotes from the previous seven days.

Editor Aldo Vitali said Francis' election a year ago has generated new interest in the papacy and moral and ethical themes that will be highlighted.

Mondadori is part of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's media empire and is headed by his daughter, Marina Berlusconi.


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