Former nuncio dies at Vatican ahead of abuse trial – updated

In an  earlier post  we reported that on 11 July 2015, the first hearing at the Vatican City State Tribunal of the criminal trial of the ex-nuncio to the Dominican Republic Józef Wesołowski had been postponed due to the hospitalization of the defendant.

Today the Vatican announced

“In the early hours of this morning SE Msgr. Józef Wesołowski, former Apostolic Nuncio was found dead in his home in the Vatican. The Vatican authority immediately intervened for the initial investigations, which indicated that the death was due to natural causes. The Promoter of Justice ordered an autopsy, which will be done today and the results will be communicated as soon as possible. The Holy Father has been fully informed”.


On 29th August, this further announcement was made:

“Vatican Press Release about the autopsy on the body of Msgr. Józef Wesołowski, 08/29/2015, [B0633].

Following the sudden death of the former Apostolic Nuncio Jozef Wesołowski, which occurred late on Thursday, August 27, the Office of the Promoter of Justice Vatican, as part of the obligations of its authority, ordered the execution of a test autopsy, appointing a Commission expert of three experts, coordinated by Prof. John Arcudi, Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.

The investigations took place yesterday afternoon and, by the initial conclusions of the macroscopic examination, [esame macroscopico], confirmed a natural cause of death, attributable to a cardiac event.

In the coming days the Office of the Promoter of Justice will acquire the subsequent findings of the usual laboratory tests carried out by that Commission”.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Former nuncio dies at Vatican ahead of abuse trial – updated" in Law & Religion UK, 28 August 2015,

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