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THE RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Pelosi to Ignore Vatican's Nudge

April 30, 2004|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), a Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights, said Thursday that she would continue to ask for Holy Communion despite of Vatican opposition.

"I fully intend to receive Communion, one way or another," Pelosi said.

"That's very important to me."

A top Vatican cardinal said last week that priests must deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.

The cardinal stopped short of saying whether it was right for Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to receive Communion, and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee affirmed his support for abortion rights and took Communion the next day.

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