Pope Francis accepts resignation of Polish bishop

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the bishop of the Polish diocese of Kalisz, western Poland, the Apostolic Nunciature in Poland reported on Saturday.

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The Apostolic Nunciature explained that Bishop Edward Janiak, whose resignation has been accepted, has been obliged to stay outside the Kalisz diocese since June in connection with the pending proceedings regarding his alleged cover-up of cases of sexual abuse of minors in this diocese.

Last May, a documentary by brothers Tomasz and Marek Sekielski showed how bishop Janiak failed to take action against priests who were known to have abused children.

Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś was appointed as apostolic administrator of the Kalisz Diocese in June. This began a time period of ‘sede vacante’, the Latin term for 'the seat being vacant,' until a new bishop is appointed and installed.