Roman Catholic liberal Cardinal Danneels dies aged 85: Vatican

IN | 3/14/2019 | Reuters Editorial
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels, a strong liberal voice within the Roman Catholic Church and once seen as a outside contender to succeed Pope John Paul II, has died, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Danneels, 85, was a jovial and gifted preacher who spoke out on sensitive issues such as whether condoms could be used in the fight against AIDS and if women should have a larger role in running the Church. He also urged the Church to scale back the power of the Vatican and focus less on the pope.

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