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First time in Mexico: priest accused of abuse faces criminal charges

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A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.

The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities.

The move follows instructions from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church to better protect children and take a hard line with priests accused of sexual offenses.

Who are the three bishops under Vatican review for sex abuse?

Pope Francis has warned he has "zero tolerance" for child sex abuse in the Catholic church and revealed that the Vatican is currently investigating three bishops.

But the pope did not name names, and Vatican officials on Tuesday declined to comment.

So who are the three bishops under Vatican investigation? The speculation is that the pope likely was referring to three clerics:

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