Vatican removes Guam archbishop after conviction of sexual abuse

April 4, 2019 14:33
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VATICAN CITY - Anthony Apuron, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the U.S. island territory of Guam, has been definitively convicted of sexual abuse of minors and removed from office, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Apuron, who was accused of abusing three young men decades ago, was first convicted by a Vatican tribunal a year ago and had appealed. He has denied wrongdoing.The tribunal of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith upheld the first verdict, a statement said.

Apuron, 73 and a native of Guam, was removed from office and prohibited from living on the island, even temporarily, the Vatican said.

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