The brother of the young woman who disappeared in the Vatican said that there is evidence of “two people very close to Pope Francis”

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FILE – Pietro Orlandi, right, brother of Emanuela, a 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983, is accompanied by her lawyer Laura Sgro, left, at a press conference about the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi and other unsolved cases, in Rome, on December 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)

Pietro Orlandobrother of the young Vatican who disappeared 40 years ago, Emanuela Orlanditoday asked the Pope Francisco that the reopening of the investigation of this case, one of Italy’s great mysteries, is done with “honesty and transparency”. In addition, he said there is evidence of two people close to the pope.

I hope that your position and decision are really taken with the will, honesty and transparency to get to the end.”, he said at a meeting at the Foreign Press Association in Rome.

Orlandi was a Vatican citizen—her father was an associate of the Holy See—who disappeared at the age of 15 on June 22, 1983, while returning home from her music lessons in Rome; there has been no trace of her since then and her event remains shrouded in mystery.

On January 9, the Vatican’s promoter of Justice (prosecutor) reopened the investigation into the case, made very popular by the documentary of Netflix Vatican girl”, in which his brother participates.

Pietro Orlandi described this decision as “very positive”, although no one has yet officially informed him, and assured that his lawyer has requested a meeting to “propose names for questioning”.

The Vatican and Emanuela Orlandi
The Vatican and Emanuela Orlandi

Among the new evidence, he spoke of the screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation between “Two people who are very close to Pope Francis” -undisclosed- that between the end of 2013 and 2014 they discussed documentation on Emanuela and referred to the Spanish Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló.

“It’s like they found something in a place with precise references to Emanuela,” the brother said.

Pietro Orlandi wrote to Francisco to tell him about these new tests and the Pope, in addition to expressing his “proximity”, called on him to refer them to the Vatican courts, which he did.

“I am happy about this unexpected reopening, but it touched me because there is no coincidence in the Vatican. Now it is necessary to understand if there is maximum transparency and fairness to conduct this investigation,” he insisted.

Orlandi said the popes and the Vatican “had decided to put up a wall around this story because perhaps the truth is so harsh that it would negatively tilt the image of the church”, but it is possible that the position could have been changed.

Pope Francis with people holding banners depicting Emanuela Orlandi (AP)
Pope Francis with people holding banners depicting Emanuela Orlandi (AP)

He also called for “maximum cooperation” between the Holy See and the Italian government to end the mystery.

In any case, the brother expressed his intention to continue to search for Emanuela despite the passage of time: “I will not give up. Every time there is an attempt to stop things, my anger grows and my desire to get things done increases,” he said.

The event often reappears in the public debate and continues to be of great interest in Italy, because 40 years later no one knows where the girl is, while the mafia, intelligence services or even the Roman Curia are accused.

In fact, his disappearance is surrounded by numerous theories, from the involvement of men from the Curia to theBand of the Magliana”, the mafia in Rome, or even the Turkish terrorist who attacked John Paul II in 1981, Ali Agca.

Emanuela Orlandi during a flute concert
Emanuela Orlandi during a flute concert

The Vatican authorities recently agreed to open certain rooms to look for possible remains, but without success.

In 2012, the family called for an investigation when unidentified skeletal remains were found on the side of the tomb in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinaris in Enrico Depedisthe head of the “Magliana Gang”, the mafia in Rome in the 1970s and 1980s.

In July 2019, the Vatican opened the graves of two German princesses at the Vatican’s German German Cemetery, after the family received an anonymous letter with a photo of the pantheon and the message “look where the angel is pointing”. The tombs were empty.

Months earlier, some bones found in the basement of the nunciature (embassy) of the Holy See in Rome were also analyzed, but they were eventually determined to be older.

With information from EFE

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