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Could abused man’s work to expose abuse by Italian priests come ...

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Could abused man’s work to expose abuse by Italian priests come to nought?

Francesco Zanardi will have a clearer idea next week when the country’s bishops meet to elect a new president

Angelo Amante and Philip Pullella

Francesco Zanardi has spent the past 12 years documenting sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in Italy, filling a vacuum he says is caused by the refusal of the country’s church to launch a major investigation.

When Italian bishops meet next week to elect a new president, Zanardi is hoping to see the start of a long-overdue reckoning for the church, the leaders of which will discuss whether to commission an independent investigation of abuse similar to those carried out in France and Germany.

From his flat in the centre of Savona in northern Italy, Zanardi, 51, runs Rete l’Abuso (The Abuse Network), which has one of the largest digital archives on clerical sexual abuse in the country...

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