The Pope is currently on a tour of South America, greeting rapturous crowds wherever he goes
Currently under house arrest in the Vatican, rather than in jail due to health reasons, he is also charged with possessing images of child abuse, a crime he allegedly committed after he came back to Rome.
His trial comes amidst a crackdown by Pope Francis, who upon his appointment, promised to take more effective action against paedophile priests and church employees.
Allegations of cover-ups and protection of paedophile priests have swirled in the Vatican for years, and with Wesolowski’s trial, anti-child abuse campaigners hope that the relatively new Pope Francis, who became Pope in 2013, is finally beginning to crack down in seemingly endemic child abuse within his church.
The accusations against Wesolowski, however, are the first to be levelled against such a high-profile and important member of the church.
Previously, the Pope has has said that priests who have sex with children “betray God”, and compared their actions to “a satanic mass”.