Child pornography uncovered in Vatican last year

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Child pornography uncovered in Vatican last year

The Vatican discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls in 2014, its chief prosecutor Gian Piero Milano said on Saturday.

Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, reported the cases in a 50-page report read to Vatican officials at a ceremony to mark the start of the city-state’s judicial year.

Yahoo News Report: In his report, Milano said Vatican police had investigated “two delicate cases, of varying degrees of seriousness, of possession of child pornography material” by people living or working inside the city-state, which is the headquarters of the 1.2 billion member Church.

The prosecutor gave no details but a Vatican spokesman said one of them involved Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop who was arrested last September in the Vatican on charges of having paid for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic..

Francis approved the arrest – the first inside the Vatican related to allegations of sexual abuse – in order to send a strong signal that even high-ranking Church officials would be held accountable if they committed abuse, the Vatican said at the time.

Italian media reported at the time of his arrest that child pornography was found on his computer. He is currently under arrest in the Vatican awaiting trial.

The Vatican spokesman gave no details of the other case.


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