Bishop to offer Mass in place of removed priest

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A northern Indiana bishop will offer Mass at a Fort Wayne Catholic church whose priest was removed last week because of a recent accusation that he sexually abused a child in Africa about 20 years ago while he was coach of a high school soccer team in Uganda.

The Journal Gazette reports the Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades will offer Mass on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel. Rhoades is bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

The diocese says Rhoades removed the Rev. Cornelius Ryan from his post at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel June 10 after receiving "a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor."

A directory of Holy Cross priests says 76-year-old Ryan was based in Fort Portal, Uganda, from 1967 until 1999.

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