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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 20:25 GMT 21:25 UK
Church sullied by secret porn film
A bishop will have to re-bless weddings that took place in an Italian village church after it was discovered it had been used as a location for a porn film.

"All ceremonies performed here since this scandalous act are illicit," Father Paolo Ferrini of San Vincenzo said.

A worried member of the congregation alerted police to the outrage when he spotted the church in the porn film Il Confessionale (The Confessional Box).

The police studied the film closely and confirmed the church at San Vincenzo was indeed the backdrop to a scene in which a man dressed as a priest has sex with a bride.

The priest who had approved the shoot said he had been told by the film crew that the church was to be used for a wedding scene.

A bishop will now have to issue a new decree to make all the weddings, christening and funerals which have taken place over the past five years valid.

All religious ceremonies have been halted until the church can be purified.


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