Resignation of pope’s bodyguard signals tension amid Vatican finance leaks

Religion News Service | 10/14/2019 | Staff
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis’ “guardian angel” handed in his wings on Monday. Domenico Giani, the head of the Vatican police force, submitted his resignation amid the latest leaks and scandals surrounding the Catholic institution’s finances.

“In order to assure the proper serenity to the ongoing investigation,” the statement Monday (Oct. 14) by the Vatican reads, “and although the Commander bears no personal responsibility in the unfolding of the events, Domenico Giani has tendered his resignation to the Holy Father out of love for the Church and faithfulness to Peter’s Successor.”

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The statement acknowledges that the perpetrator of the latest leak “remains unknown,” even though it was distributed only among the Vatican police force, the Gendarmerie, and the Swiss Guards. The statement also says that Francis recognizes Giani’s “unquestionable faithfulness and loyalty,” which guaranteed “a lasting atmosphere of ease and security around the Holy Father.”

According to local media outlets, the reason behind Giani’s dismissal is due to the latest wave of leaks surrounding foreign investments by the Vatican Secretariat of State. A document obtained by Italian news magazine l’Espresso on Oct. 2 and signed by the former police head showed pictures of five Vatican employees barred from entering the Catholic city-state.

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The pictures of the people in question, two of whom are employed in high-profile institutions in the Vatican (the Vatican anti-money laundering organization AIF and the Secretariat of State), resembled mugshots even though the document made no mention of the nature of the allegations against them.

“An inquiry was launched by the Holy Father,” said Vatican spokesmen Matteo Bruni to local media this weekend, “on the illicit distribution of a document intended for internal use by the security forces of the Holy See.”

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Bruni said that “the gravity” of this leak is comparable, in the words of Pope Francis, “to a mortal...
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