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Newsline: Former Vatican Diplomat Taken Ill Before Abuse Trial

A former papal diplomat charged with the sexual abuse of boys has been admitted to hospital ahead of his trial at the Vatican. Jozef Wesolowski is being treated in intensive care as his trial was set to open on Saturday. The judge is expected to immediately adjourn the case to a later date. The 66-year-old faces charges that he sexually abused shoeshine boys in the Dominican Republic and possessed child pornography. Wesolowski, from Poland, was discretely recalled to the Vatican by Pope Francis in 2013 after allegations surfaced in an investigative TV programme in the Dominican Republic. He was defrocked, or laicised, at a ‘canonical’ or religious trial at the Vatican in late 2013 and spent 60 days under house arrest in Vatican City but was then released, with his movement restricted to within the city state.



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