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Report Confirms Wesolowski Died of Natural Causes

Toxicology confirms cause of death of former nuncio

The Holy See Press Office today announced that on 14 December, the report on the chemical toxicological examinations carried out on samples taken during the autopsy of Msgr. Jozef Wesolowski was submitted to the Chancellor’s Office of the Vatican City State Court of First Instance.

The conclusions of the Report definitively confirmed what had already emerged from the post-mortem examination; that is, that death was ascribable to natural causes (acute myocardial infarction), excluding other exogenous causes.

The various investigations were conducted in strict accordance with the guidelines and protocols recognised at international level, by a Board of medical examiners appointed by the Promoter of Justice the day after the Prelate’s unexpected death.

Wesolowski, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, was awaiting trial on charges of pedophilia and possession of child pornography when he died Aug. 28.

Wesolowski was laicised in June of 2014 after a first trial. He had been recalled from from diplomatic service in August 2013, after Pope Francis was informed of rumors that the nuncio had sexually abused teenage boys in the Dominican Republic.

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