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Church accused of covering up priest s abuse, and paternity

Samburu, Kenya: The Vatican is investigating a Kenyan man s claim that his father is an Italian missionary priest who impregnated his mother when she was 16, a case that highlights how the Catholic Church is reckoning with Africa s legacy of sexual abuse and priests fathering children. Gerald Erebon has been an outcast of sorts for all of his 30 years: Tall and light-skinned with wavy hair, Erebon looks nothing like the dark-skinned Kenyan man listed as his father on his birth certificate, or like his black mother and siblings. Erebon, his family and villagers in remote Archer s Post, Kenya say that s because he is the son of the Rev. Mario Lacchin, an 83-year-old Italian priest of the...

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