Rome’s gays toast the departure of an unloved pope

Across the road from the Colosseum, the ancient Roman stadium consecrated as a holy Christian site, clients at a busy bar are raising a glass to the pope: toasting the departure of the worst Church leader they can imagine.

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For drinkers in Rome’s best known gay bar, Benedict’s abdication is a blessing.

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“He was less human than the last one,” said Flavia Servadei, co-owner of “Coming Out” a small bar in Via San Giovanni in Laterano which has been so successful since it opened in 2001 that the road has been renamed “Gay Street”.

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