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Five prelates to begin probe of Legionaries in July

July 02, 2009

An apostolic visitation of the Legionaries of Christ will begin August 15, with five bishops conducting inquiries in different geographical areas, Vatican officials have quietly confirmed. Informed sources at the Vatican have verified the accuracy of a reporter by Sandro Magister of L'Espresso, who said that the five bishops charged with the investigation received their detailed assignments at a June 27 meeting with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, and other ranking officials of the Roman Curia. After investigating the affairs of the Legionaries the five prelates will report back to the Holy See.

Bishop Ricardo Watti Urquidi of Tepic, Mexico, has been assigned to report on the work of the Legionaries in Mexico; Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, on the US and Canada; Bishop Giuseppe Versaldi of Alejandria, Italy, on Italy, Israel, the Philippines, and South Korea; Bishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Bilbao, Spain, on other European countries; and Bishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrellof of Concepcion, Chile, on South America.


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