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By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

Pope charmed by ‘undisciplined’ disabled child

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised the freedom albeit “undisciplined” of a disabled child who climbed onto the stage Wednesday to play during the pontiff’s general audience.

The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let 6-year-old Wenzel Wirth run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall.

US nuns demand action to end ‘culture of silence’ on abuse

VATICAN CITY — The largest association of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States urged its members Monday to report any sexual abuse of religious sisters by clergy and demanded that church authorities “take action to end a culture of silence, hold abusers accountable and provide support to those abused.”