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Pope nixes resignation of cardinal in sex cover-up

(AFP) — Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was handed a six-month suspended sentence this month for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority, the cardinal said on Tuesday.

The pope’s decision, which was confirmed by the Vatican, triggered sharp surprise from the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of France, who termed the situation “unheard of.”