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Vatican Suspends Accreditation of Spanish Journalist

April 26, 1995

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The Vatican has revoked the accreditation for six months of the correspondent of the Madrid newspaper ABC, accusing the daily of breaking the embargo on the pope’s recent encyclical.

The action, announced Wednesday by the secretary of state’s office, was one of the toughest sanctions against a journalist in recent years.

The Spanish newspaper published broad excerpts from the encyclical a day before its March 30 release date. In an article Wednesday, the newspaper defended publication, saying it had obtained the last five encyclicals early ``by its own means.″

ABC said its correspondent, Miguel Castellvi, will remain in Rome and still cover the Vatican.

The encylical ``Evangelium Vitae″ or ``Gospel of Life″ contained the church’s most forceful condemenation of abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment.