Posters Crit­i­cis­ing Pope Ap­pear in Rome

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Posters ac­cus­ing Pope Fran­cis of at­tack­ing con­ser­va­tive Catholics ap­peared around Rome this week­end and were swiftly cov­ered up by city author­i­ties. The posters, put up dur­ing the night be­tween Fri­day and Satur­day by mys­tery ac­tivists, fea­tured a pic­ture of a stern-faced pope and the slo­gan: “Where’s your mercy?” The text ac­cused Fran­cis of sev­eral in­ter­ven­tions tar­get­ing con­ser­va­tives, in­clud­ing what the posters called “the be­head­ing of the Knights of Malta”. This was a ref­er­ence to an an­cient Catholic or­der of knights which is now a world­wide char­ity and whose for­mer Grand Mas­ter handed in his res­ig­na­tion to the pope last week af­ter a two-month, highly pub­lic feud. The posters ap­peared sev­eral hours be­fore the Vat­i­can an­nounced the name of the pope’s per­sonal del­e­gate to the trou­bled or­der, a move that side-lined con­ser­va­tive Car­di­nal Ray­mond Leo Burke, who had been its chap­lain since 2014 and is a fre­quent critic of the pope. Reuters

A worker cov­ers a poster ac­cus­ing the pope of at­tack­ing con­ser­va­tive Catholics

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