Franciscan order re-elects American brother amid ongoing financial crisis

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Franciscan Father Michael Perry, minister-general of the Order of Friars Minor, embraces Pope Francis during his visit to the hermitage and cell of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, in this Oct. 4 file photo. RNS photo courtesy Paul Haring/Catholic News Service.

Franciscan Father Michael Perry, minister-general of the Order of Friars Minor, embraces Pope Francis during his visit to the hermitage and cell of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, in this Oct. 4 file photo. RNS photo courtesy Paul Haring/Catholic News Service.

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(RNS) Brother Michael Perry’s handling of the scandal was evidently praiseworthy enough for him to hold onto his position as the head of the order.