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November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
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Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

Vatican Television releases never-before-seen footage of Pope Francis' election


One year ago, the world's eyes were glued on the Vatican. The Sede Vacante produced lasting images, like Benedict XVI leaving the Vatican by helicopter

But, behind the impressive images, the men and women of the Vatican Television Center worked in overdrive. After all, it was their responsibility to bring viewers around the world into the middle of the action. 

That proved challenging, but not impossible. What people didn't see were the rehearsals before, especially for the start of the conclave.

Director, Vatican Television Center
"For that event, we directly asked the master of ceremonies to rehearse, to run through times and gestures because it's such a solemn event. So sacred, that we wanted to employ all our available technology, to emphasize that the Holy Spirit was the real protagonist at that moment.”

To mark his one year anniversary, the Vatican Television Center compiled a 40-minute documentary of Pope Francis. It pieces together the most memorable images of his pontificate, including the trademark moment when he first stepped out into the balcony and asked the world to pray for him.

But the documentary also features never-before-seen footage of his first year as Pope.

Director, Vatican Television Center
"For example, we included images of Pope Francis seated at the cockpit, during his flight to Rio de Janeiro. Also, the first moments after his election, still inside the Sistine Chapel, or when he prayed at the Pauline Chapel before stepping out in the balcony.”

A full year later, Pope Francis has constantly kept the world's attention and captured headlines with his approach. In the meantime, workers at the television center are looking ahead and preparing for another huge production, the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII.

Director, Vatican Television Center
"For months we've been looking into this great moment. We're trying to figure out how we can involve our technology partners. The only thing set is that our Center will direct and produce the event, so all the international networks will carry our signal.”

Despite the magnitude of the canonization ceremony, the Vatican Television Center is up to the task. The Sede Vacante and the conclave proved they have the skill and know-how. Come April, the world's eyes will be on the Vatican, and once again, it's the role of the Vatican Television Center to take them there.

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