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Msgr. Santos Abril replaces Card. Bernard Law as Archpriest of St. Mary Major

In 2004, Law was appointed archpriest of the Basilica. He resigned as Boston?s Archbishop back in 2002, after reports showed he mishandled a series of sex abuse cases. Msgr. Abril is also the vice-chamberlain of the Roman Church. ; Under that post, he has the responsibility of running the Vatican, along with the Chamberlain, ; in case of a papal death, until a new pontiff is elected. The Basilica of St. Mary Major is one of four papal basilicas in Rome. It?s also one of the oldest churches, dating back to the V century. KLHRRJP-BN