The "elephant in the room" is something obvious that can't be overlooked, even if no one is talking about it. The phrase was in use as early as 1935. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In his new book, The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis draws on his nearly 30 years of reporting on the Vatican. Viking/Penguin Group hide caption

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