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Prosecutor says Vatican 'hiding truth' about kidnapping

Says serving cardinals know more than they have said about Emanuela Orlandi

  • Italy
  • April 5, 2012
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The Vatican has been accused of hiding the truth about one of Italy's most intractable mysteries – the disappearance of a teenage girl nearly 30 years ago.

Prosecutors in Rome say that ''someone in the Vatican'' knows the fate of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who vanished in June 1983.

Her kidnap in Rome by unidentified men has been the subject of scrutiny for three decades, with allegations that it was connected to blackmail and banking scandals involving the Holy See.

One theory is that the girl's father, a Vatican employee, had stumbled on documents that connected the Vatican's bank with organised crime in Rome and that she was seized in an attempt to silence him.

The alleged mastermind of the kidnapping was Enrico ''Renatino'' De Pedis, the leader of the Magliana gang, Rome's most ruthless criminal band.

He was shot dead by rival gangsters in central Rome in 1990 and his body interred in a crypt in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare. It has always been seen as unusual that a known mafioso should have been buried in a church in which popes and cardinals are interred.

There has been speculation that Emanuela was murdered and her remains hidden in the tomb alongside De Pedis.

Prosecutors in Rome have for the first time explicitly pointed the finger at the Vatican, saying that senior cardinals are covering up the truth.

Giancarlo Capaldo, a senior prosecutor who is investigating the case, said he had found evidence that serving members of the Curia - the Vatican's governing body - knew much more than they were saying about Emanuela's disappearance.

''There are people still alive, and still inside the Vatican, who know the truth,'' the prosecutor was quoted as saying by the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Full Story: Vatican 'hiding truth' about girl's kidnap 30 years ago

Source: The Age
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