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Vatican anger at Belgian police raids on archbishops’ graves

The Vatican on Friday said it was “indignant” at raids by Belgian police investigating child sex abuse that included a search of the graves of two archbishops.

In a statement it expressed its “dismay for such actions,” and its “astonishment over how the searches were carried out yesterday by Belgian judicial authorities.”

Police on Thursday also raided buildings of the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese, including the episcopal palace at Mechelen, north of the Belgian capital, as bishops were meeting with a Vatican envoy.