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Returning US cardinal faces abuse probe call

Pope Francis must redouble efforts to excise the "cancer" of sex abuse, a US victim said Thursday after winning a $1 million payout -- and urged the new pontiff to defrock the cardinal involved. Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, who was stripped of his duties in January after files were published that revealed he helped cover up scandals, should also face criminal action when he comes home, said victim Michael Duran.

Pope Francis must excise abuse 'cancer': US victim

The Catholic Church has an opportunity to begin to excise the "cancer" of sex abuse under its new pope, a US victim who just won a $1 million settlement and his lawyer said Thursday. Michael Duran, who says he was raped repeatedly by a Californian priest in the mid-1980s, urged Pope Francis to defrock Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, one of those who chose the new pontiff, for allegedly covering up abuse.

Vatican accuses campaigners of 'negative prejudices'

The Vatican on Wednesday defended the cardinals meeting in conclave to elect the next pope and accused a campaign group for victims of paedophile priests of showing "negative prejudices". "None of us are surprised that they have tried to take advantage of these days to repeat their accusations and give them greater resonance," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters. "We are convinced there are excellent reasons for why these cardinals should be respected and have every right to be in the conclave," he said.

Suspense mounts after three failed votes for pope

A new plume of black smoke over the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday indicated that Catholic cardinals had failed, after three rounds of voting, to elect a new leader for their 1.2 billion-strong Church. The 115 cardinals had gone into seclusion on Tuesday to find a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month aged 85. The black smoke -- a signal given not after each failed vote but after every two such rounds -- indicated that no one had gained the two-thirds majority needed to become the 266th pope.

All eyes on Vatican chimney as world awaits new pope

Cardinals went Wednesday into a second day of conclave behind Vatican walls to elect a pope, with all eyes on a chimney that will signal when there is a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday as they began the process of finding a successor to Benedict XVI, who brought a troubled eight-year papacy to an abrupt end by resigning last month aged 85.

Church pays $10m to US Catholic abuse victims

The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to four men who alleged they were molested by a former priest in the 1970s, their lawyers said Tuesday. Settlements were reached this month between lawyers for the men, the former priest involved, and LA's Cardinal Roger Mahony, who is taking part in the conclave to choose a new pope despite protests from victims.

Italy group asks prosecutors to question U.S. cardinal over abuse

VATICAN CITY, March 4 (Reuters) - An Italian consumer group on Monday urged Rome prosecutors to question U.S. cardinal Roger Mahony, who is in the city to attend the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, over a sexual abuse cover-up scandal in the United States. The Codacons group said it had asked Rome prosecutors several days ago to investigate sexual abuse Mahony is accused of covering up in the 1980s, and to try to establish whether minors or Italian citizens were among the victims.

Catholic activists petition LA cardinal not to join papal conclave

By Brandon Lowrey LOS ANGELES, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Roman Catholic activists on Saturday petitioned a U.S. cardinal to recuse himself from taking part in selecting a new pope so as not to insult survivors of sexual abuse by priests committed while he was archbishop of Los Angeles. The activists delivered a petition with nearly 10,000 signatures to the North Hollywood church where Cardinal Roger Mahony resides.

US cardinal 'made mistakes': former Vatican prosecutor

US cardinal Roger Mahony "made mistakes" and failed to crack down on abuse but will probably attend the conclave to elect a new pope, the Vatican's former anti-abuse prosecutor said on Wednesday. "He is a very humble cardinal who did not manage to curtail paedophilia cases in his diocese as would have been right," Charles Scicluna, who was in the prosecutor's office between 1995 and 2012, told La Repubblica daily.

UPDATE 1-U.S., Italy Catholics want cardinal out of conclave

* Retired LA bishop plans to take part in Vatican conclave * Was stripped of duties after shown to have covered up abuse * Magazine readers join calls by U.S. Catholics to stop him (Changes slug from USA-CHURCH/ABUSE, previous dateline WASHINGTON) By Robin Pomeroy
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