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German Bishop Must Face Vatican Investigation, Abuse Council Demands

ScreenshotBishop Franz-Josef Bode speaks during a press conference on Sept. 22, 2022, following the release of a report that said he mishandled abuse cases in the Diocese of Osnabrück, in northwestern Germany, which he has led since 1995.

Under pressure for months to resign following the findings of a study that he has mishandled cases of sexual abuse, Bishop Bode has so far refused to step down.

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