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Italy President: Media ‘Intrusive’

October 19, 1999

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi gained a word of approval Tuesday from Pope John Paul II when he warned of the danger to society from ``ever-more intrusive″ mass communications.

Ciampi, making an official visit to the Vatican, listed nuclear proliferation and unfettered globalization as among major threats.

``To this is added the spread of ever-more intrusive means of mass communication that can undermine, especially among young people, those moral values without which a healthy and strong society doesn’t exist,″ Ciampi said.

``I was struck by what you said about the media,″ John Paul told Ciampi after his speech. ``I agree.″

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