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Vatican orders five people to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents

Officials at the Vatican have ordered five people - including two Italian journalists - to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents.

Vatican orders five to stand trial for leaking documents. Credit: PA

The trial comes from the publication of two recent books which depict a Vatican plagued by mismanagement, greed and corruption and where Pope Francis faces stiff resistance from the old guard to his reform agenda.

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi, left, and Gianluigi Nuzzi. Credit: PA

The books angered and embarrassed The Holy See, which it said used information that should never have been allowed to leave the walls of the city state.

Those who indicted were:

  • Spanish Monsignor Angel Lucio
  • Vallejo Balda, who was number two at the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs
  • Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations expert
  • Nicola Maio, was an assistant to Vallejo Balda
  • Journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi
  • Journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi

Three Vatican officials, including a high-ranking priest, formed "an organised criminal association" with the aim of "divulging information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State" prosecutors said.

The first hearing in the trial will begin on Tuesday, the president of the Vatican court ordered.