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Pope and cardinals study sexual abuse and religious persecution

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, spoke about the liturgy in the life of the Church.

After lunch, Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said the Vatican document “Dominus Iesus” published in 2000 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

P. Federico Lombardi

Vatican spokesman

Cardinal William Levada discusses the rules of the Catholic Church to receive Anglican bishops and priests who request it, and also the protection of minors, victims of abuse by priests.”

American Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the Church?s effort to eradicate sexual abuse following the policy of zero tolerance promoted by Benedict XVI since he was a cardinal.

On several occasions, the Pope has apologized for sexual abuse and met with victims? groups, but this was the first time that has addressed this issue with all the cardinals of the world.

Levada also talked about entering the Catholic Church Anglican groups. In recent months at least five bishops and 50 Anglican priests have left to join the Catholic Church.