Archbishop Luigi Ventura © Jean-Pierre Pouteau (KNA)
Already in 2019, the Vatican had lifted the diplomatic immunity of the former papal nuncio in France. Now he will face trial. Accused of assaultive behavior towards an adult male.
The former nuncio Luigi Ventura must be on the 10. November to stand trial in a Paris criminal court on sexual assault charges. This was confirmed by a source from the Paris prosecutor's office to the Catholic News Agency (KNA) on Thursday. Previously, the French broadcaster Europe 1 had reported this, citing a plaintiff. The Vatican embassy in France would not confirm the details. According to the station, there are a total of four applicants.
Diplomatic immunity waived by Vatican
The 75-year-old ex-diplomat is accused of, among other things, sexually assaulting an adult male at a New Year's reception in Paris in January 2019. In July 2019, the Vatican had lifted Ventura's diplomatic immunity. At the time, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti confirmed that the move was related to criminal investigations against the nuncio.