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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.

Pope to Shimon Peres: Protect the sanctity of the Holy Places and its pilgrims


These sick children had asked to see the Pope, and so they welcomed him at the entrance to the home of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Pope Francis greeted each one of them.

Once inside, the president gave the Pope a mosaic representing peace, designed by disabled children from Galilee.

Meanwhile the Pontiff gave him a bas-relief of the historic embrace 50 years ago, between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, which ended a millennium of division.

"Peace is a product of fantasy and inspiration, and you have brought both. We need it.”

"Blessed be who enters the house of a wise and good man. And I feel blessed.”

The two then planted an olive tree at the president's garden, where they took a stroll.

"I know you have a great affection for nature.”

"It is a problem that we have to face, the stewardship of Creation.”

As a surprise, the chief executive presented a choir of boys and girls from several religions, that performed a unique interpretation of Hallelujah.

The performance also included a famous Argentine folk song.

In his speech, Shimon Peres said he wanted to see Jews, Muslims and Christians living together, and that the key was in achieving peace.

"You have come as a pilgrim and opened a door as a pilgrim of peace.”

In his remarks, the Pope recalled that Jerusalem means "city of peace.” He asked for the protection of the Holy Places and the pilgrims from the three major religions in the region.

"The Holy Places are not monuments or museums for tourists, but places where communities of believers daily express their faith and culture, and carry out their works of charity. Precisely for this reason, their sacred character must be perpetually maintained and protection given not only to the legacy of the past but also to all those who visit these sites today and to those who will visit them in the future. May Jerusalem be truly the City of Peace!”

At the end of their audience, the two leaders greeted an ill boy and his family. Shimon Peres escorted the Pope to his car. Before taking off, Pope Francis asked the president once again to pray for him.

- BN