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Vatican to Legion: Reform has only just begun

Vatican envoy tells Legion that reform has only just begun as troubled order picks new leaders

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis leads a mass celebrated at the Legion of Christ main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, Wedne...
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, left, exchanges a sign of peace with Legion of christ current leader Rev. Sylvester Heerman during a mass he celebrated at...
Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's  main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome,...
Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, ...
Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, ...

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Cardinal Velasio De Paolis leads a mass celebrated at the Legion of Christ main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, Wedne...

Italy Vatican Legion of Christ

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, left, exchanges a sign of peace with Legion of christ current leader Rev. Sylvester Heerman during a mass he celebrated at...

Italy Vatican Legion of Christ

Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome,...

Italy Vatican Legion of Christ

Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, ...

Italy Vatican Legion of Christ

Prelates attend a mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at the Legion's main headquarters, the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, ...

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican delegate running the troubled Legion of Christ has urged its priests to elect a new leadership worthy of authority, after suffering for years from shame and suspicion following revelations that its founder was a pedophile.

He says the new leaders must infuse the religious order with a new spirit to finish a process of reform that he said had only just begun.

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis presided Thursday over a Mass opening a month-long meeting of Legion delegates to elect a new leadership and finalize new constitutions that must be submitted to Pope Francis for approval.

The meeting is the culmination of a three-year Vatican experiment to try to turn the congregation around after a Holy See investigation uncovered serious problems in the cult-like movement.


Updated : 2021-03-01 13:07 GMT+08:00