Kerala nun Sister Lucy, expelled for indiscipline, now seeks permission to meet Pope

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Wayanad: Kerala nun Sister Lucy Kalappura, who was expelled from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation in August this year on charges of indiscipline, has sought permission to meet Pope Francis to present her case.

Sister Lucy has raised the demand in a letter addressed to Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches in Rome.

The letter was written on October 25.

The Congregation for the Oriental Churches had rejected Sister Lucy's appeal recently. However, it allowed her to present a new recourse to the Supreme Tribunal of the Segnatura Apostolica in Vatican.

In her letter, Sister Lucy said she was deeply obliged for providing her the opportunity for a further appeal to the Supreme Tribunal of the Signatura Apostolica. "In this connection, I request for an opportunity to appear in person before the Tribunal so that I can present my side," the letter read.

Further, she requested an audience with the Pope. "It is requested, further, that I be granted an opportunity to present my case to the Pope Francis, whom I venerate and in whose sense of justice I have absolute faith", she wrote.

The Fransican Clarist Congregation claimed that she was expelled for indiscipline. But Sister Lucy said she was victimised for demanding the arrest of rape-accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal in 2018.

Mulakkal was accused of raping a nun in Kuravilangadu convent in Kottayam that comes under the Jalandhar diocese.

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