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Vatican 'censored Benedict's letter to conceal differences with Pope Francis'

Tom Kington, Rome

The Times

Pope Francis arriving in St Peter’s Square today
Pope Francis arriving in St Peter’s Square todayVincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican has been accused of censoring a letter from the former pope to disguise apparent differences of opinion between him and his successor Pope Francis.

The row comes as a growing number of opponents of Pope Francis’ liberal papacy depict his predecessor, the retired Pope Benedict, who now lives in a cottage in the Vatican garden, as a muzzled champion of their brand of conservative faith.

Benedict, 90, shocked the world by standing down in 2013, before taking up a secluded existence at the Vatican with his books and piano.

Pope Benedict, right, embracing his successor in 2013
Pope Benedict, right, embracing his successor in 2013Reuters

As his successor Francis dropped Benedict’s traditional doctrinal brand of Catholicism to focus on mercy more than dogma, enraging hardliners who have accused him of heresy over his push to allow communion for Catholics…

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