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Will the Vatican investigate a cardinal implicated in its own abuse trial?

Three witnesses testified that Italian Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who was relieved of his position as Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica last Saturday by Pope Francis, or his aides, had been aware of sexual abuse allegations at a pre-seminary on Vatican grounds and took no action.

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A cardinal in the dock would mark real reform in Vatican justice

On Tuesday, Pope Francis moved to address the perception that the system is rigged against defendants with a series of reforms, such as modifying the requirements for “in absentia” trials as well introducing the possibility of reduced sentences for good behavior and rehabilitation programs.

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Pope’s move for women’s rights anything but a token gesture

Friday’s appointment of Catia Summaria as Promoter of Justice for the Vatican’s Court of Appeals is not mere tokenism, as the Vatican’s criminal justice system is becoming progressively more significant in the Pope Francis era.

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