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Archbishop Justin Rigali
8:13 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Vatican: Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Rigali to retire

The Vatican has announced that Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Rigali will retire and named Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to succeed him. Rigali faces accusations that he covered up a long-running priest sex abuse scandal.
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Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Rigali, sending him into retirement as the archdiocese faces accusations that it covered up a long-running priest sex abuse scandal.

The pope has named Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to succeed him.

Tuesday morning's announcement from the Vatican says the resignation of the 76-year-old Rigali was due to his age. He submitted it on his 75th birthday in April 2010, as required by church law, but the pope did not immediately act on it.

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