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Vatican distances itself from nuncio’s comments opposing Franco exhumation

July 19, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: During his last days as apostolic nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Renzo Fratini, 75, criticized the Spanish government’s decision to exhume the body of Francisco Franco (Encyclopedia Britannica article) from the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), the basilica, Benedictine monastery, and war memorial where his tomb is located. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said the decision is an internal Spanish matter, and added that the Benedictine community, which also opposes exhumation, “has been reminded—and will continued to be reminded—of its civil duty to observe fully the order and to respect civil Authorities.”

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