A child touches Pope Francis' robe during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Pope Francis is studying how to speed up the handling of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy, the Vatican said Wednesday, after a high-profile case in Chile put a new spotlight on the scandal.During his trip to the South American nation last month, Francis at first rejected accusations that Bishop Juan Barros had hidden information about the abuse of minors by his mentor, Father Fernando Karadima.After his return from Chile, Francis did an about-face and dispatched Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, one of the Church's most experienced sexual abuse investigators, to Santiago to hear more testimony in the Barros case.Karadima always denied the allegations.
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