Col. Inocente Orlando Montano's extradition has set off a chain reaction in El Salvador, as authorities pursue suspects wanted for the killing of six Jesuit priests.
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While little has been divulged officially so far about the views collected from Catholic respondents, it's been possible to glean some measure of the strong feelings being expressed.
Former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales is one of 20 Salvadoran military men indicted in 2011 for the murder of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter.
Cardinal-designate Ricardo Blazquez Perez is known as an outspoken champion of peace and reconciliation.
Seven young people from six countries shared their stories with the pope and asked him questions during a Google Hangout, a live video conversation online.
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.