Pope says truth must prevail in Dominican Republic sex abuse case against ex-ambassador

Pope Francis has stressed to Dominican authorities that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys.

Francis met with the Dominican Republic's top prosecutor, Francisco Dominguez Brito, after his Wednesday general audience. Dominguez Brito was in town to meet with the Vatican's criminal prosecutor and other officials to discuss the case against Jozef Wesolowski.

The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced in Santo Domingo that he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate. Wesolowski has been defrocked and placed under modified house arrest pending a decision by the Vatican criminal court on whether to indict him.

Dominguez Brito quoted Francis as stressing the importance that the truth must prevail.