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Pope relieves accused Indian bishop of duty: church officials

NEW DELHI: Pope Francis has relieved from duty an Indian bishop accused by a nun of raping her, local church officials said Thursday, in a high-profile abuse case that sparked protests by clergy angry at police inaction. Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has rejected the accusations, had written to the pope requesting he be temporarily relieved of his duties while an investigation was underway. "Having considered all circumstances the Holy Father has accepted the request of Bishop Mulakkal," the Catholic Bishops Conference…

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…