Vatican Arrests Defrocked Archbishop for Child Abuse
The Vatican has put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest on charges of sexually abusing children.
Polish-born ex-Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was defrocked in June after being found guilty of the charges. He now faces a separate criminal trial for child sex abuse for which he could face imprisonment.
Pope Francis has said no one in the church, from priests to high-ranking cardinals, has any privileges when it comes to allegations of sex abuse.
China Tries Ex-Economic Official for Corruption
A former senior Chinese economic official stood trial Wednesday on charges of taking nearly $6 million in bribes.
Liu Tienan is the latest Chinese official to be brought down in a highly publicized campaign meant to weed out corruption in the Communist Party.
A court in the northern province of Hebei says Liu took $5.8 million in bribes. Some were in the form of cash. Others were gifts, including a Porsche and a Beijing villa.
He is almost certain to be found guilty, since Chinese courts are controlled by the Communist Party and virtually never rule in favor of the defendant in such cases.
The allegations against Liu were first made in 2012 by a journalist at the Caijing investigative magazine. Liu was later expelled from the Communist Party and placed under investigation.