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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…