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Pope demotes conservative Italian cardinal

Keeps cleric who cracked down on liberal US nuns

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday effectively demoted a highly conservative Italian cardinal who led the Vatican’s department on clergy, while keeping in place a German prelate who waged the Catholic church’s crackdown on liberal US nuns and helps craft its sex-abuse response.

After six months on the job to study the workings of the Vatican’s curia, or bureaucracy, Francis has now put his imprint on several key positions that help administer the Roman Catholic church’s worldwide flock.

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