Colombian cardinal denounces ‘shameful’ attacks on Pope Francis

The head of a council of Latin American bishops has spoken out against “attacks on the Pope as a person”, following controversy surrounding Archbishop Carlos Maria Viganò’s claims about the Pontiff. The council, known as CELAM for its acronym in Spanish, was commemorating the 50th anniversary of a regional meeting of bishops that took place in Medellin, Columbia, in 1968, designed to work toward dismantling poverty and its ailments in the region. Cardinal Ruben Salazar of Bogota, president of CELAM, said that just as the movement focused on the poor…

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