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Spanish archbishop defends work completed on new residence

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A Spanish archbishop reacted angrily to complaints by local clergy that he wasted money on a "luxurious residence" for himself in one of the country's most-deprived regions.

Archbishop Santiago Garcia Aracil of Merida-Badajoz said in a brief posting on the archdiocesan website that the work on the residence and the archdiocesan seminary was approved by an advisory council before it began.

"I reject these libelous and defamatory claims," Garcia wrote.

Pope names new archbishops of Madrid, Valencia

Pope Francis reassigned two prominent Spanish bishops, giving a new leader to the country's largest diocese and leaving a vacancy at the head of the Vatican's liturgical office.

The Vatican announced Thursday that the pope had named Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra as the new archbishop of Madrid and Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera to be archbishop of Valencia, in eastern Spain.

Spanish bishops praise abdicating king's defense of democracy

King Juan Carlos of Spain received a tribute from the country's bishops after he announced his decision to abdicate in favor of his son.

The executive committee of the Span's bishops' conference described the work of the outgoing 76-year-old king as having "extraordinary value" because of his work on behalf of democracy during his 39 years on the throne.

Spanish bishops back bill that restricts abortion for rape, health

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A Spanish bishop urged medical personnel to stop performing abortions, as new church-backed legal restrictions passed their first parliamentary hurdle.

"Those who assist with abortions are seen as automatically excommunicated because the church wants to defend the weak," said Madrid Auxiliary Bishop Juan Martinez Camino.

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