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New nuncio appointed to Dominican Republic, replacing prelate charged with abuse

October 07, 2013

Pope Francis has named a new apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, replacing a legate who was removed in August because of sex-abuse charges.

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, who has been serving as the apostolic nuncio in the Central African Republic and Chad, will be the new papal representative in the Dominican Republic.

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the previous nuncio, was recalled to Rome after Church leaders in the Dominican Republic informed Pope Francis that they had uncovered evidence of sexual abuse by the papal representative. Prosecutors in the Caribbean nation are now investigating the charges; the Vatican has promised full cooperation.


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