Posts Tagged ‘Vatileaks’

Vatican butler who stole former pope’s private papers dies aged 54

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict XVI’s private papers in 2012, has died aged 54. Vatican News, the Holy See’s media portal, said Mr Gabriele died on Tuesday after a long, undisclosed illness. Mr Gabriele’s case kicked off the first of two Vatileaks scandals, exposing the internal Read more

Vatileaks author’s new book promises fresh secrets

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

An Italian journalist known as the “Vatileaks’ author is about to publish a new book revealing fresh secrets about sex, crimes and money in the Holy See. Gianluigi Nuzzi faced court over his last book (Vatican SpA) for leaking confidential Vatican documents. His new book is called Original Sin: Secret Accounts, Hidden Truths, Blackmail and Read more

Priest, woman accomplice found guilty in Vatileaks II trial

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A priest is facing jail time and a woman accomplice has been given a suspended sentence at the conclusion of the “Vatileaks II” trial. A Vatican court acquitted two Italian journalists whose books contained material from leaked confidential financial documents. The court ruled it did not have jurisdiction over Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. But Read more

Public relations expert denies leaking Vatican secrets

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations expert and former consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, strongly denied that he leaked confidential Vatican documents to journalists. “I can assure you that no reserved documents ever passed from my hands,” Chaouqui said. “Never, never,” she during her testimony at Read more

Vatileaks trial adjourns until next month

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Vatican announced that it has adjourned the trial of journalists and others after one of the five accused, PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui, was advised to rest by doctors. Chaouqui, a former member of an economic reform commission established by Pope Francis, is accused of conspiring with Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda to leak documents. Vallejo Read more

Priest admits passing confidential documents in ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Friday, March 18th, 2016

A former Vatican official who had sat on a top level papal commission overhauling the Holy See’s finances admitted giving confidential financial documents to journalists. “Yes, I passed documents. I did it spontaneously, probably not fully lucid,” said Monsignor Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda during a Vatican City trial on Monday. “I was convinced I was Read more

Vatican trial of journalists, whistleblowers resumes

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

A Vatican trial of journalists and alleged whistleblowers who allegedly procured and revealed information and documents concerning “the fundamental interests of the Holy See” resumed on Monday, March 14. The trial has been adjourned for three months to enable computer experts to recover deleted email, text and WhatsApp messages between some of the accused. Francesca Read more

Pope apologises for unspecified Vatican scandals

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for recent scandals that have taken place in Rome and in the Vatican. This statement came during his general audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. The Pope said: “Before beginning the catechesis, I would like to ask forgiveness in the name of the Church for the scandals that Read more

Vatileaks journalist denied chance to cover Conclave

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist who last year published leaked confidential papal documents supplied by the Pope Benedict’s former butler, Paulo Gabrielle, has been denied media accreditation by the Vatican to cover the upcoming conclave. “This is a choice for obscurantism, far from transparency and press freedom,” Gianluigi Nuzzi said on his Twitter account. In the Read more

Cardinals want briefing on secret Vatileaks report

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Cardinals meeting in Rome want to be briefed on a secret Vatileaks report into alleged corruption and mismanagement in the Vatican, reports Reuters. “They want to be briefed on the report,” said a cardinal, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. “But it is a very long report and technically it is secret,” Read more