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Pope's close aide charged, bringing sex abuse scandal to Vatican

17:12 EDT 29 Jun 2017 | Yahoo News

By Philip Pullella and Byron Kaye VATICAN CITY/SYDNEY (Reuters) - A top adviser to Pope Francis was charged with multiple historical sex crimes in his native Australia on Thursday, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican. Appointed Vatican economy minister by Francis, Cardinal George Pell is the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations. "The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me." Pell's high-profile departure, even if temporary, puts pressure on a pontiff who has made compassion for the vulnerable his watchword, and has declared zero tolerance for a child abuse scandal that has beset the Church for decades, but has struggled to overcome resistance in the Church hierarchy and clergy.


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