Brazilian bishop resigns amid ongoing investigation

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop who is under investigation by local authorities.

The Vatican announced the resignation of Bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira on Friday and named Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Aparecida as a temporary replacement to run the Limeira diocese in Sao Paulo.

It did not provide details on why de Oliveira resigned, but at age 60, he is well below bishops' usual retirement age of 75.

The prosecutor's office in Sao Paulo confirmed an ongoing investigation but did not comment further.

According to local news outlets, de Oliveira is being investigated for extortion, illicit enrichment and the cover-up of alleged cases of sexual harassment.