The Education of Lauryn Hill [Vatican City]
December 15, 2003

Lauryn Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church at the weekend, urging religious figures to "repent" whilst speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope.

The former Fugees singer was playing at a Christmas show on Saturday evening in Vatican City, in the hall Pope John Paul II uses for his weekly address.

Hill took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and the cream of Italian society.

The Rome newspaper 'La Repubblica' also reports that Hill did not sing the track credited for her in the programme, but instead performed a song about social injustice.

Before the song, she insisted: "I did not come here to celebrate the birth of Christ with you, but to ask you why you are not in mourning for the death inside this place.

"God has been a witness to the corruption of his leadership, of the exploitation and the clergy," claimed Hill in a veiled reference to last year's scandal in the US over allegations of child molestation by priests.

The concert's organisers, Prime Time Productions, confirmed the details of Hill's rant and suggested that it will probably be removed from the show when it's aired on Christmas


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