The Vatican, embroiled for months in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal involving the leak of secret papers, said on Friday its police had detained a person in possession of confidential documents.
A Vatican statement said the person was being questioned by Vatican magistrates, but gave no details. A Vatican source said the person was not a priest. For much of this year, the Vatican has been at the centre of a scandal involving the leak to Italian media of documents, some of them personal letters to Pope Benedict. Some of the documents involved allegations of corruption, mismanagement and cronyism in the awarding of contracts for work in the Vatican and internal disagreement on the management of the Vatican bank. The president of the Vatican bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted by its board on Thursday. The pope, who was said to be shocked and saddened by the leaks, ordered several investigations, including one headed by Vatican police and another by a commission of cardinals.