Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of abuse cover-up

Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, leaves the prosecutor’s building after a hearing over allegations he covered-up sexual abuse of minors, in Rancagua, Chile, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, the archbishop of Santiago, Chile, who has been caught up in the country’s sex abuse scandal.

A Vatican statement on Saturday said the pope had named Bishop Celestino Aós Braco of the Chilean city of Copiapó, as “apostolic administrator” to run the Santiago archdiocese until a new archbishop is named to succeed Ezzati.

Ezzati faces multiple charges of cover up, including some relating to the case of Oscar Munoz, a former top aide to the Santiago Archbishopric, who is facing trial on charges he abused and raped at least five children.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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