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Bishop Malone wraps up Vatican visit without resignation announcement

A spokeswoman for the Diocese says the Bishop will talk about his trip 'next week.'

BUFFALO, N.Y. — No anticipated resignation announcement Friday for Buffalo Catholic Bishop Richard Malone.

The Bishop's week-long "ad limina" visit to the Vatican wrapped-up Friday with a meeting among all the bishops from New York State and Pope Francis.

The spokeswoman for the Diocese tells 2 On Your Side that Malone will return to Buffalo this weekend and will talk about his trip "next week."

There was a great deal of speculation the embattled Buffalo bishop would announce he's stepping down after a reporter for the Catholic News weekly, The Tablet, tweeted Wednesday that Malone's resignation was "imminent."

Just Thursday, diocesan spokeswoman Kathy Spangler, speaking for the Bishop, said the resignation tweet was "false."

Malone has been under a near-constant barrage of criticism for most of two years for his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal within the Diocese.

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