Vatican arrests former ambassador

September 24, 2014 4:41 AM

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Vatican City: A former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been placed under house arrest in what may be the first stage of criminal proceedings by the Holy See in a case of sexual abuse of children.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Pope Francis had personally ordered swift action in the case of Polish former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal in June and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings.

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