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Madonna Strikes Back: Madonna lashed out Monday at Roman Catholic attempts to halt her show in Italy when she arrived to start a tour in the land of her ancestors. “If you are sure I am a sinner, let whoever is without sin throw the first stone,” the singer told scores of reporters and television cameramen who mobbed her when she arrived from Paris at Rome’s Ciampino military airport. Several Catholic organizations in Rome and Turin have demanded that Madonna’s performances in Italy be banned on grounds that her show “is overflowing with vulgarity and blasphemy.”


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