Follow usTwitterFacebook


05 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Does the Church teach that the prophecy of Revelation 20:1-10 is being fulfilled now?

Full Question Catholic teaching holds that the millennium mentioned in Revelation 20:1-10 is going on now. What does the Catholic Church see as fulfilling …

Read more

21 Feb 2015 Articles Comments (7)

Are There Souls of Men in Hell Right Now?

It has become fashionable in some Catholic quarters these days to question where there are now or will ever be any souls populating hell. Hell, it is taught, is…

Read more

17 Jun 2016 News No comments

Bishops ‘profoundly saddened’ by MP Jo Cox’s death

A spokesman for the bishops said she was a 'dedicated public servant' and expressed a 'deep sense of loss' at her death A spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference…

Read more

30 Jun 2016 News No comments

Pope Francis says he will pray, not speak, at Auschwitz

The Pontiff told reporters: 'May the Lord give me the grace to cry' Pope Francis has cancelled a speech during a visit to Auschwitz next month, saying he would…

Read more

25 May 2015 Uncategorized Comments (11)

Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat. But he forewent those opportunities, accordi…

Read more

18 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

A snapshot of the US Catholic Church on eve of papal visit

Pope Francis will arrive Sept. 22 in the United States to find a Catholic Church playing a prominent role in American life, with a vast network of charities and…

Read more

19 Jan 2016 News USA Vatican No comments

Cardinal Marx denied entrance into Vietnamese diocese

Communist authorities forbade Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich to enter the Diocese of Vinh during a recent eight-day visit to Vietnam, UCA News reported. “W…

Read more

23 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

Did people really live for 900 years as described in Genesis?

Full Question Can you give me a logical answer about the people's ages in the book of Genesis? Some of them lived to be 900 years old. What is the Catholic…

Read more

23 Jun 2016 Americas Middle East News USA Vatican No comments

Vatican is following the case of Bishop Ma, says spokesman

The Vatican said it has had no direct contact with Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who apparently wrote a blog post in June that gave many peopl…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Vatican consultant ‘admitted leaking documents to author’, trial hears

According to a police officer, Francesca Chaouqui told investigators she sent Vatican papers to Gianluigi Nuzzi

A former consultant to a pontifical commission who denied to a Vatican court that she leaked documents about the Vatican’s financial reform to an Italian journalist had admitted to sending the documents when she was first interrogated, a Vatican policeman has claimed.

Stefano DeSantis, an officer investigating the leaking of the documents, testified on May 24 that Francesca Chaouqui told Vatican police officials that she sent documents regarding the Vatican Asset Management (VAM) to Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of Merchants in the Temple.

“We never assumed that she gave the documents, she admitted to it,” DeSantis told the court.

Chaouqui is on trial, along with Mgr Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Nicola Maio, the monsignor’s former assistant, for “committing several illegal acts of divulging news and documents concerning fundamental interests of the Holy See and (Vatican City) State.”

Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of Avarice, are accused of “soliciting and exercising pressure, especially on (Mgr) Vallejo Balda,” to obtain the documents.

The trial session on May 24 began with the cross-examination of Gianluca Gauzzi, deputy commissioner of the Vatican police, by the defendants’ lawyers regarding his testimony on May 16.

Gauzzi revealed the contents found on two iPhones and a Macbook Pro belonging to Mgr Vallejo Balda. In some of the messages found on the monsignor’s devices, Gauzzi said, “Chaouqui asked Mgr Vallejo to use WhatsApp because she believed it was a secure and tap-proof messaging system.”

When asked by Laura Sgro, Chaouqui’s lawyer, about the examination of the chats between Chaouqui and Mgr Vallejo Balda, Gauzzi stated that the police saw the message exchange on the Spanish monsignor’s phone.

Chaouqui, he added, deleted the messaging application from her phone before handing it over to the Vatican’s IT experts as part of the investigation.

However, because WhatsApp is connected to a person’s phone number, the police are certain the messages were between Mgr Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui even though she deleted the app from her phone, Gauzzi said.

Regarding Chaouqui’s initial confession of sending Nuzzi the documents, DeSantis told the court that she exhibited “exemplary behaviour” when she gave the Vatican police her formal statement and even made clarifications or specifications in her formal declaration.


1 comment

  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    The article fails to mention a couple things. According to reports from other press outlets, Francesca Chaouqui was denied a lawyer at that first interrogation – apparently a violation of due process as is the case in most civilized nations; and in this case the Vatican is acting as a state. Note as well, that no evidence is put forward to support the claim that she confessed to handing over documents – we’re just supposed to take the word of the police who denied her rights to begin with… Not good enough, and it makes the Vatican look desperate and foolish.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories