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Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

AFP  |  Vatican City 

A monsignor who was a former at the in will face charges of possessing and exchanging child pornography, the Holy See announced today.

In a statement it said that was ordered to face trail on Thursday, with the first hearing set for June 22.

Capella, who was in office until last year, was recalled from by the Vatican in September.

The notified the Vatican in August through diplomatic channels of a possible violation of laws by a member of its diplomatic corps in Washington, the Vatican said at the time.

The had made "an official request" for the man's diplomatic immunity to be lifted but the Vatican refused, said a on condition of anonymity.

It is the latest case the has faced after repeated criticism for the way it has handled scandals over paedophile priests.

Last week Pope wrote a letter to Chileans expressing "shame" that the failed "to listen and react in time" to allegations of sexual abuse by the country's clergy.

The Chilean church has been rocked over accusations of wide-scale ignoring and covering up of child abuse by during the 1980s and 1990s.

In May the pontiff promised to "restore justice" after reading the conclusions of an investigation into the abuse, carried out after his defence of Chilean -- accused of covering up Karadima's abuses -- caused a public outcry.

He later apologised to three of Karadima's victims at the Vatican and last weekend he received seven more people abused by the priest, who was suspended for life by the Vatican.

Two weeks previously 34 Chilean bishops announced their resignation over the scandal after being summoned to the Vatican by

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 17:55 IST