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Pope boosts Rome’s 2024 bid but warns: ‘I won’t be around’

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis talks to Franciscan Capuchin preacher father Raniero Cantalamessa, at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: “I won’t be around.”

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Italy’s anti-corruption czar to join Rome bid team

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi delivers his speech at Italian Olympic Committee headquarters in Rome, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Renzi says Rome will bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. He says "the Italian government, together with CONI, is ready for this project." The move comes with Italy's economy still stagnant and amid a widening corruption and mafia scandal in the capital. Italy planned to bid for the 2020 Olympics but the project was scrapped after then-premier Mario Monti refused to provide financial backing. The 2024 host will be chosen in 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME (AP) — Italy’s anti-corruption czar will join Rome’s bid team for the 2024 Olympics, a response to the widening mafia scandal in the capital.

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