The Courier-Mail

Abuse cleric found dead


VATICAN CITY: Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be the first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, has been found dead. Wesolowski, 67, was found at dawn at his residence in the city state, a Vatican statement said.

The first indication­s were he died of natural causes but an autopsy was to be carried out last night and the results published as soon as possible, it said, adding that Pope Francis was being kept fully informed.

Wesolowski’s death came six weeks after his landmark trial was suspended.

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