By NICOLE WINFIELD
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has shed light on the Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations against East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning independence hero. He suggested that the man was indeed allowed to retire early rather than face prosecution or punishment. Francis made the revelation in a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Francis also denied he had a role in deciding the case of a famous Jesuit artist whose seemingly preferential treatment cast doubt on the Vatican’s commitment to cracking down on abuse.