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Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top

VATICAN CITY: The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has gone into hiding since conservative media published an 11-page statement in which he alleged the pope knew for years about sexual misconduct by an American cardinal and did nothing about it. Vigano has been communicating through Aldo…

Meghan Markle baptized by archbishop ahead of wedding to Prince Harry

LONDON: US actress Meghan Markle has been baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Church of England, ahead of her royal wedding in May to Britain’s Prince Harry, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Thursday. The 45-minute ceremony conducted by Justin Welby, spiritual head of the Anglican communion of millions of Christians globally, took place at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on Tuesday, the paper said. The secret baptism was followed immediately by her confirmation, it added.…

Nobel laureate Archbishop Tutu celebrates 85th birthday  

CAPETOWN: South African retired Anglican archbishop and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu celebrated his 85th birthday Friday presiding over eucharist at his home church in Cape Town, an AFP photographer said. He paid a moving tribute to St George's Cathedral before laying his head on the communion table and briefly wept. "I have reached the stage in life when I am closer to the departure than arrivals hall," said Tutu, who was discharged from hospital late last month for the treatment of a nagging infection. "I have…