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Pope removes 2 cardinals hit by scandal from group of close advisers

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Pope Francis on Wednesday removed two cardinals who have been hit by scandals from his group of close advisers, the Vatican said.

The two are Cardinal George Pell of Australia and Francisco Javier Errázuriz of Chile.

Both have been the subject of allegations related to sexual abuse — accusations they have denied.

A third cardinal who had been a member of the so-called Group of Nine (C-9), Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was also leaving the group, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told a briefing on the C-9’s latest meeting, which ended on Wednesday.

He said that the pope had written to the trio in October, thanking them for their work. None of the three attended the latest meeting.

Pell has taken an indefinite leave of absence from his job as the Vatican’s economy minister to defend himself from prosecution for historical child sexual offence in Australia.

 

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