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| 4/22/2010 12:00:00 AM

Controversial cardinal replaced for Washington Mass

April 22--A Colombian cardinal has been dropped as the main celebrant of a special Mass this week in Washington, following protests by Church abuse victims.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos was to preside over a Latin Mass at the National Basilica marking the fifth anniversary of the Pope's inauguration.

Abuse victims had complained that the cardinal praised a French bishop for not denouncing a paedophile priest.

Pope Benedict earlier publicly promised action to deal with the abuse scandal.

Speaking during an audience in St Peter's Square in Rome, he recalled how he had shared the suffering of victims during a visit to Malta.

But the Pope did not go into details about what action he planned.

Saturday's Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has been three years in the planning.
 
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