Pell’s secret memo casts shadow at cardinal’s funeral

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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis gave a funeral blessing to Cardinal George Pell on Saturday as revelations that he wrote an anonymous memo branding the current papacy a “catastrophe” hung in the air along with the incense. About 300 people attended Pell’s funeral Mass in a secondary chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica. In keeping with tradition for deceased cardinals, the Mass was said by the dean of the College of Cardinals, Italian Giovanni Battista Re. Francis arrived at the end to gave the final blessing in Latin over the dark brown wooden coffin on the floor. The coffi…

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