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Letter from Rome: Other Angels should fall

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, former head of Italian bishops' conference, tried to halt clergy sex abuse trial in 2019

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Letter from Rome: Other Angels should fall

Pope Francis address pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on Oct. 25. (Photo: AFP)

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"It is the great monstrosity. It is more serious than anything else. That is how Pope Francis has described pedophilia in a new documentary unveiled in Rome in which he looks back at several key episodes of his pontificate."

These were the introductory lines that Loup Besmond de Senneville, the new Vatican correspondent for La Croix, used to begin his article on the film Francesco.

But the pope's comments on clergy sex abuse of minors, and everything else he says in this documentary (about immigrants, poverty, the environment, etc), have hardly been mentioned in the press.

That’s because just about everybody, it seems, has been talking about one phrase that made headlines around the world: "Pope Francis comes out in favor of gay civil unions."

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