The Vatican has for the first time opened its own investigation into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old Vatican citizen who disappeared in the summer of 1983.
The Orlandi family’s lawyer Laura Sgro confirmed the probe.
She said “the secretariat of state has authorised the opening of an investigation into a grave in the Teutonic Cemetery inside the Vatican”, after an anonymous tip-off indicated that people should look where a statue of an angel in the cemetery is pointing.
The Vatican said on 27th March it was handling a request from the Orlandi family to reopen a grave indicated by the angel.
Interim Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said that “at the moment I don’t have any statement to make on the issue”.
Picture: A sunset after a day of rain illuminates the cobblestones near the Vatican in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).