Former nuncio’s Vatican trial suspended because of illness

Former Vatican diplomat Józef Wesołowski has been taken to hospital with an “unexpected illness” on the first day of his trial for alleged child sex abuse.

His is the first trial in the Holy See’s criminal court of a senior official on charges of paedophilia and possession of child pornography.

Wesołowski, a former archbishop, was the nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

There, he is alleged to have paid teenage boys for sex.

The trial of the 66-year-old Pole was suspended on Saturday and postponed until a later date, yet to be announced.

No further details of his medical condition were given by the Vatican.

Pope Francis recalled Wesołowski to Rome in August, 2013, after he was made aware of the claims against him.

Wesolowski has since been defrocked.

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