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Pope Francis gives final blessing at Cardinal Law's funeral

Pope Francis gives final blessing at Cardinal Law's funeral

Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding its own reputation at all costs.

In a final blessing at Law's funeral Mass, Francis blessed his coffin with incense and holy water at the foot of the back altar of St. Peter's Basilica and recited the ritual prayer commending him to God.

"May he be given a merciful judgment so that redeemed from death, freed from punishment, reconciled to the Father, carried in the arms of the Good Shepherd, he may deserve to enter fully into everlasting happiness in the company of the...

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