| 7.2°C Dublin

Bishop who frolicked with woman quits

An Argentine bishop caught on film frolicking in the sea with a bikini-clad woman has resigned, the Vatican announced yesterday, writes Nick Pisa.

Monsignor Fernando Maria Bargallo (57), pictured, handed in his notice after footage of him with Maria de las Victoria Martinez Bo, on a beach in Mexico, was made public.

Mgr Bargallo at first said she was a "childhood friend". However, the senior Roman Catholic clergyman later reportedly admitted he had been involved in "amorous ties" with the businesswoman for several years.

Pictures of the couple embracing in the sea were first broadcast on television in Argentina last week, and officials from the papal nuncio's office in Buenos Aires and the Vatican immediately started an investigation.

Irish Independent