PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

One of the major protagonists in the Vatican’s leaks scandal — communications consultant Francesca Chaouqui — is releasing a book which she describes as “a testament of truth”. In the Name of Peter hits Italian bookshops today, seven months after its author received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two… Continue reading PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

Pope Francis grants freedom to monsignor jailed over leaks

Mgr Vallejo was found guilty of passing confidential documents to journalists Pope Francis on Tuesday freed a Vatican monsignor convicted of leaking confidential documents to journalists, granting him a Christmas-time clemency. Francis granted “conditional freedom” to Spanish Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda after he served half of his 18-month sentence, the Vatican said late on Tuesday.… Continue reading Pope Francis grants freedom to monsignor jailed over leaks

How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy forever

When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein recently. Gänswein remains prefect of the Pontifical Household, and he works closely with both Benedict and Pope Francis. The archbishop spoke about Benedict’s pontificate and its wake at a May 20… Continue reading How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy forever

Cardinal Pietro Parolin to stand as witness at 'VatiLeaks' trial

Vatican’s secretary of state, Italian cardinal Pietro Parolin who is second only to the Pope in the hierarchy of the Vatican will be called as a witness to testify in the controversial ‘VatiLeaks’  trial over leaked confidential documents about Vatican finances. Vatican judges have granted a request by one of the defendants to have several… Continue reading Cardinal Pietro Parolin to stand as witness at 'VatiLeaks' trial