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Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal steps down despite acquittal in rape case, Vatican accepts resignation

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Franco Mulakkal from his role as the spiritual leader of the diocese of Jalandhar, India. The bishop had faced allegations of rape made by a nun, but he was subsequently acquitted by a Kerala trial court.

After Vatican accepting his resignation, Franco Mulakkal will now serve as Bishop Emeritus, Mathrubhumi reported.

Sources indicate that the Vatican requested the resignation of Franco as his continued role as the Bishop was causing divisions within the church. However, in an official statement, the Apostolic Nunciature of India, representing Pope Francis in India, asserted that it was Mulakkal who requested the resignation. The mission clarified that his resignation was not a disciplinary action imposed on him, but rather a voluntary decision made for the well-being of the Diocese, which is in need of a new bishop.

Announcing resignation in a video message, Franco said, “The Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted my letter of resignation as Jalandhar Bishop, which I had written after detailed discussions with my superiors. I thank all those who stood by me and prayed for me as I went through a turbulent period over the last few years.”


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