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Priest sex abusers should “always” be turned in to civil authorities, the Vatican said on Monday in guidelines on handling paedophilia cases posted on its website. “Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed,” state the guidelines compiled from existing Vatican rules. The document also confirms that the pope can intervene directly to defrock the worst offenders. “In very grave cases where a civil criminal trial has found the cleric guilty of sexual abuse of minors or where the evidence is overwhelming” the pope may issue a decree to remove him from the priesthood. “If the allegation has a semblance of truth the case

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Pope Benedict XV1 THE 265TH reigning Pope, visited Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. He prayed for the near 3,000 victims and their families. He prayed also for an end to the hatred and violence. Here is the prayer in full and perhaps consider saying, now and then in Memory of the near 3,000 and their families and also for Love & Compassion to reign in our hearts. PRAYER “O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain. “We ask you

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