Rev. Fr. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a 64-year-old Catholic priest of Rwandan heritage who had been working in northern France for almost 30 years, has been dismissed by Pope Francis.
The bishop of Évreux issued a communiqué, which has been circulating online, stating that Munyeshyaka “is excluded” from continuing to serve as a priest “anywhere else” and “automatically loses clerical rights.”
According to the Office of the Diocese of Évreux, which confirmed the validity of the communiqué to the BBC, the decision was made in accordance with a papal order that was issued in March.
Following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Munyeshyaka fled to France; he has not spoken out about the choice.
His diocese suspended him in December 2021 after learning that he had admitted paternity of a 10-year-old son in court.
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In Rwanda, where he was ordained a priest in 1992, Mr Munyeshyaka is charged with participating in the murder of hundreds of Tutsis who had fled to his church in the city’s centre, Kigali, during the genocide.
He was exonerated by French courts of the allegations of genocide.
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