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Amid crisis, pope gives Vatican’s sex abuse expert new role

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican s most trusted sex crimes investigator in a sign that he s looking to improve the Holy See s response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a deputy, or adjunct secretary, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally. Scicluna had been the congregation s chief prosecutor for a decade and was credited with measures making it easier to defrock pedophiles. But Pope Benedict XVI sent him to his native Malta in 2012 as bishop after Scicluna s tough line...

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