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Controversial book with leaked papal conversations introduced in Rome

Facing television cameras and his fellow journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi was the most interesting man in Rome. He just introduced his knew book "Via Crucis,� which draws largely from leaked documents and secret recordings of Pope Francis. Some called it a betrayal.

GIANLUIGI NUZZI

Author, "Via Crucis�

"This book isn't for the Pope or against him, because facts aren't biased against or for anyone.�

Much of the story focuses on the Pope's efforts to make the Holy See's finances more ethical and efficient. It contains copies of documents from a commission set up by the Pope to reshape the structure of the Holy See's economic administration.

The book also includes internal economic data the Pope requested in 2013, such as information about Vatican accounts. Nuzzi shows in the book that some parts of the Roman Curia resisted giving the Pope information he asked for. It's a glimpse of the situation from 2013 to part of 2014.

It also includes information about misunderstandings between cardinals, poor management of the Holy See's real estate, problems with the Vatican's pension system, and suspicious uses for donations.

GIANLUIGI NUZZI

Author, "Via Crucis�

"Only two Euros for every 10 donated to Peter's Pence were given to charity.�

The Vatican addressed several points today. First, the book refers to a phase of work already completed by the commission, which fulfilled its mission and was dissolved. Second, it denies that there are problems with the pension system for its employees. And finally, he says that Peter's Pence donations are used for charitable works but also for the organizational management of the Universal Church.

The book's author says he isn't trying to criticize the Vatican but instead to act in the public interest. He suggests that the arrests of alleged leakers were a move by the Holy See to distract attention from the facts raised by the book.

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