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Cardinal called to skip conclave for abuse record


Rome, March 11 - Activists are persisting in their
call for the removal of an Italian cardinal from the conclave to
elect a pope this week over allegations of covering up priest
sex abuse.
Francesco Zanardi, the head of victims group L'Abuso,
appeared alongside the leaders of the US-based Survivors Network
of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) at a hotel in Rome this
weekend, accusing Cardinal Domenico Calcagno of systematically
covering up cases of pedophilia at the diocese of Savona in
northern Italy where he previously served as bishop.
"Don't attend the conclave," said Zanardi.
On Friday, police detained Zanardi for two hours when he
tried to enter the Vatican to present a petition to Church
officials calling for a ban on the accused cardinal at the
conclave, which begins Tuesday.
SNAP has issued a list of 'dirty dozen' cardinals they
think should not be considered as papal contenders, including
'papabile' frontrunners such as Sean O'Malley from Boston, Peter
Turkson from Ghana and Italy's Angelo Scola.
The Vatican has dismissed any efforts to influence voting
from outside groups.

(Photo: Cardinal Domenico Calcagno)

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