Tuesday 20 February 2018

Former archbishop falls ill ahead of trial at the Vatican

The trial is set to take place at the Vatican
The trial is set to take place at the Vatican

A former archbishop and papal diplomat charged with the sexual abuse of boys was taken to hospital and put in intensive care ahead of the opening of his trial at the Vatican.

The trial against Jozef Wesolowski had been scheduled to open today in a Vatican courtroom. Now the judge is expected to immediately adjourn to a later date.

There were no details available immediately from the Vatican about Wesolowski's medical condition.

Wesolowski, 66, a former Polish archbishop, faces charges that he sexually abused shoeshine boys in the Dominican Republic and possessed child pornography.

His trial was seen as a high-profile way for Pope Francis to make good on pledges to punish high-ranking churchmen involved in sex abuse of minors, either by molesting children or by systematically covering up for priests who did.

Press Association

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