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Bishop accused of raping Kerala nun steps aside as arrest calls grow

KOCHI, India: An Indian Catholic bishop accused of raping a nun has written to the Vatican asking to step down as protests grow in Kerala for him to be arrested. “Bishop Franco Mulakkal wrote a letter to Holy Father Pope Francis expressing his desire to step aside temporarily and requested to be relieved from the administration of the Diocese,” the Diocese of Jalandhar, which he heads, said in a release issued over the weekend. Kerala police have called Mulakkal for a new round of questioning on Wednesday. The bishop…