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Vatican cannot revoke BBC star Savile’s papal honour

Last Updated: Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 20:19

Rome,: The Vatican has said it cannot cancel the papal knighthood awarded to television star Jimmy Savile, who emerged as an alleged child sex predator after his death.

The Catholic Church of England said it had contacted the Holy See to ask it to posthumously revoke Savile’s, a well-known BBC children`s television host who died last year aged 84 honour in recognition of the ‘deep distress’ to the victims allegedly abused by him.

According to, but Vatican spokesman, the Reverend Federico Lombardi, said that the names of people who receive the knighthood don`t appear in its yearbook and that the honour dies with the individual. Lombardi said Savile never would have received the honour had the truth about his behaviour been known, the report added.

First Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 19:59
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