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The Legion of Christ, a Catholic congregation, said on Friday it had found nine of its priests guilty of sexual abuse of minors including its disgraced founder and one who assaulted a novice in the United States. The Legion's reputation was already clouded by earlier revelations about Marcial Maciel, who set up the group in Mexico in 1941 and was accused of abusing eight young seminarians as well as fathering a child. Father Sylvester Heereman, the group's acting general director, said the investigations had shown up a "painful and horrifying reality" and emphasised his commitment to tackling abuse in the conservative group.
By Mike Collett COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (Reuters) - Host nation Brazil will kick off next year's soccer World Cup against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12 and the favourites will be happy with a Group A also containing Mexico and Cameroon as they seek their sixth title. Friday's complicated draw procedure went off smoothly as holders Spain and 2010 runners-up Netherlands were put together in the group stages, but have a tough task with Chile and Australia alongside them in Group B. England, Italy and Uruguay, all former winners, were put together, along with Costa Rica, in Group D, with England facing Italy in the jungle city of Manaus in their first game.