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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A month before the Amazon Synod is scheduled to take place in Rome in October, the Vatican is preparing the final list of Pope Francis' special guests to take part in discussions on the rainforest, while vetoing the attendance of politicians who currently hold elective office.

"There will be no politicians now in office or military personnel. They will not take part," Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, the Synod's general rapporteur . . .

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