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    Abuse charges against Pell not good news for Vatican financial reform

    With criminal charges of sexual abuse having been filed against Cardinal George Pell in his home country of Australia, many questions will be asked, most about the accusations and Pell's defense. From a Vatican point of view, however, a key question is what all this means for the prospects of financial reform, and the best answer probably is, "Nothing good."

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    Defiant and determined, Pell says he now has chance to clear his name

    Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, will be returning to Australia to face decades-old charges of sexual offenses against minors, charges he has consistently denied. At a brief appearance before journalists in Rome this morning, the cardinal says he now has a chance finally to clear his name.

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    Pope Francis tells divorced women, 'the Church embraces you'

    Meeting with 35 separated and divorced women from the Spanish diocese of Toledo, Pope Francis told them to pray for their ex-husbands. The pontiff asked to meet with the group after the women sent him a letter describing their situation, telling them, according to one participant, the Church "welcomes and embraces" them.

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