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Vatican reopens investigation into 1983 disappearance of 15-year-old daughter of Vatican worker

The Vatican mentioned Monday it has reopened the investigation into the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican worker, months after a brand new Netflix documentary presupposed to shed new gentle on the case and weeks after her household requested the Italian Parliament to take up the trigger.

The Vatican prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, opened a file on Emanuela Orlandi’s disappearance, based mostly partially “on the requests made by the household in varied locations,” mentioned Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.

A lawyer for the Orlandi household, Laura Sgro, mentioned she had no impartial affirmation of the event, which was first reported by Italian companies Adnkronos, LaPresse and ANSA. She famous that her final Vatican submitting on the case got here in 2019.

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Orlandi vanished June 22, 1983 after leaving her household’s Vatican City condo to go to a music lesson in Rome. Her father was a lay worker of the Holy See.

Lawyer Laura Sgro, left, listens to her client Pietro Orlandi, brother of Manuela, a 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983, in Rome, on Dec. 20, 2022. The Vatican has reopened the case for the crime which occurred in 1983.

Lawyer Laura Sgro, left, listens to her shopper Pietro Orlandi, brother of Manuela, a 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican worker who disappeared in 1983, in Rome, on Dec. 20, 2022. The Vatican has reopened the case for the crime which occurred in 1983.
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Her disappearance has been one of many Vatican’s enduring mysteries, and through the years has been linked to every part from the plot to kill St. John Paul II and a monetary scandal involving the Vatican financial institution to Rome’s felony underworld.

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The current four-part Netflix documentary “Vatican Girl” explored these situations and in addition offered new testimony from a good friend who mentioned Emanuela had instructed her every week earlier than she disappeared {that a} high-ranking Vatican cleric had made sexual advances towards her.

In addition, Sgro and Orlandi’s brother Pietro introduced a brand new initiative final month to convene a parliamentary fee of inquest into the case.

Three earlier initiatives within the Italian Parliament have did not get off the bottom, however Sgro and opposition lawmaker Carlo Calenda argued that the Vatican could not contemplate the case closed when there have been so many questions left unanswered.

 

Speaking to RaiNews24 on Monday, Pietro Orlandi referred to as Diddi’s choice a “constructive step” that the Vatican has apparently modified its thoughts, gotten over its resistance and now will go over the case from the beginning.

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