Paraguayan President-elect Fernando Lugo has received unprecedented permission from the pope to resign as bishop, Papal Nuncio Orlando Antonini said.
Church officials earlier insisted that Lugo, 57, would always be a bishop under church law.
Lugo made history in April with his presidential election victory, which ended the 61-year rule of the Colorado Party. The former “bishop of the poor” takes office Aug. 15.
Church rules bar priests from political office.