Vatican denies lack of cooperation in nuncio abuse case

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has denied a report that the Holy See refused to extradite a Vatican diplomat who has been accused of sexual abuse.

Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that the Holy See had not received an extradition request and the Vatican would honour its promises to cooperate with officials in the Dominican Republic and in Poland who are investigating the archbishop’s conduct

He also revealed that the Vatican is conducting its own criminal investigation in the case.

Last week reports from Poland indicated that the Vatican had refused a request to extradite Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who has been accused of molesting young men both in his native Poland and in the Dominican Republic, where he served as apostolic nuncio until he was recalled to Rome last year.


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