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‘We need answers’: Catholic women appeal to Pope Francis

More than 30,000 Catholic women have signed a letter to Pope Francis asking him to issue a “direct response” to allegations from the former US nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

The 750-word letter, published on the website of the Washington DC-based Catholic Women’s Forum, began by quoting the Pope on the need for a “more incisive female presence in the Church”. The letter said: “We write to you, Holy Father, to pose questions that need answers.” It cited Francis’s statement that he would “not say a single word” about the Viganò accusations. “To your hurting flock, Pope Francis, your words are inadequate,” the letter says. “That a cardinal would prey on seminarians is abhorrent. We need to know we can trust you to be honest with us about what happened.”


I am victim of ‘hitman’ journalist, says cardinal

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, who has been accused of ignoring sexual and financial misconduct in his Honduras diocese, has said he is the victim of a journalist “hit man”.

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