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Pope appoints official to lead order battered by scandal

VATICAN CITY

Pope chooses official to run Legionaries

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named a senior Vatican official to run the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ after an eight-month investigation of the order. The Vatican announcement said Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, an Italian who heads the Holy See's financial office, will serve as papal delegate for the Legionaries. The order, which its disgraced founder, the Rev. Marciel Maciel, started in Mexico in 1941, has been scarred by revelations that its late founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered at least three children. The order has a membership of more than 800 priests and 2,500 seminarians in 22 countries, and 70,000 members in its lay movement, Regnum Christi.

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Colombia: Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Bentancourt has asked the government for $6.6 million in damages for her six-year ordeal as a hostage of leftist rebels, El Tiempo reported Friday.

Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan may fail in his bid to retain control of both houses of parliament in Sunday's election, polls showed.

Bahamas: A fugitive U.S. teenager dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" may have slipped off the island where he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane nearly a week ago, police said Friday.

Times wires

Pope appoints official to lead order battered by scandal 07/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 10:58pm]

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