Published:  12:18 AM, 12 September 2018

Vatican to clarify Pope cover-up claims

Vatican to clarify Pope cover-up claims Pope Francis

The Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis' top advisers said Monday. In a statement, Francis' nine cardinal advisers expressed their "full solidarity" with the pope over the scandal, which has thrown his papacy into crisis.

The cardinals, who are meeting at the Vatican this week, said they were aware that "the Holy See is working on formulating the potential and necessary clarifications."

Francis has refused to respond to the 11-page document published Aug. 26 by the retired ambassador to the US, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Vigano named more than two dozen current and former Vatican and US officials.

-AP, Vatican City

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