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Pope orders apostolic visitation to Legionaries of Christ

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Several of the Pope’s personal envoys will go to see their apostolicactivities firsthand to understand what happened in the past and whatreforms are being made.  The delegates will submit a report directly toBenedict XVI, who will make a decision on any appropriate measures. 

The decision about the apostolic visitation was communicated to theorder by the Vatican on March 10, but was made public only until now byFather Álvaro Corcuera, the director general of the Legionaries ofChrist.  The Vatican says the apostolic visit will help to overcomedifficulties through truth and transparency. 

The Pope has expressed his solidarity and sent his prayers for theshameful acts of their founder.  Benedict XVI also encouraged them tocontinue working for the good of the Church. 

Father Corcuera has expressed his regrets for what happened in the pastand asked for forgiveness from those who have been offended.  He hasalso expressed thanks for the apostolic visitation, and assured thatthey will fully cooperate.