Vatican recalls Dominican Rep. envoy over paedophilia accusations

VATICAN CITY Wed Sep 4, 2013 11:42pm IST

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Reuters that the Holy See had started an investigation into Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, who has been nuncio (ambassador) in Santo Domingo for nearly six years.

"He has been recalled. He has been relieved of his duties and the Holy See has begun an investigation," Lombardi said when asked about allegations against Wesolowski in the local media.

Lombardi said Wesolowski was recalled "in the last few weeks" specifically over the paedophilia accusations.

Wesolowski could not be reached for comment on his recall.

Several weeks after his election in March as the first non-European Pope in 1,300 years, Francis said he wanted the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished. (Additional reporting by Manuel Jimenez in Santo Domingo and David Adams in Miami; Editing by Jon Boyle)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

AFGHANISTAN ELECTION

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord.  Full Article 

Everest Avalanche

Everest Avalanche

Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown.  Full Article 

Ferry Tragedy

Ferry Tragedy

Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts.  Full Article 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Pope presides at Vatican Mass leading Catholics into Easter.  Full Article 

Twitter Blockade

Twitter Blockade

Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action.  Full Article 

Egypt Election

Egypt Election

Former army chief, leftist are only candidates in Egypt presidential poll.  Full Article 

Journalists Freed

Journalists Freed

Joyful homecoming for 4 French journalists after Syria captivity.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage