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Talk of the devil

BEELZEBUB, ANTICHRIST and Prince of Darkness are all very well, but could the Pope please refrain from referring to the devil as a lion, a dragon and it serpent?

Such misnomers only give animals a bad name, according to Italy's animal protection league. After the Pope, in his general audiences last month, drew the offending comparisons, the vice president of the National Association for the Protection of Animals asked him to stop "involving defenceless species of animals in your theological suppositions".

Mr Silvano Traisci appealed to Pope John Paul II to speak out, instead, against cruelty to members of the animal kindgom.

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