Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Domenico Giani, head of the Vatican police, nearly two weeks after an internal security notice was leaked to the Italian press.
The Vatican announced on 14th October that the pope accepted the resignation of the 57-year-old Vatican police chief who, although “bears no personal responsibility” for the leak, “tendered his resignation to the Holy Father out of love for the Church and faithfulness to Peter’s successor”.
The pope accepted Giani’s resignation, and in a conversation with him, “expressed his appreciation to the commander for his gesture”.
“Pope Francis also recalled Domenico Giani’s 20 years of unquestionable faithfulness and loyalty and underlined how, by offering an outstanding witness in many parts of the world, Commander Giani was able to establish and guarantee a lasting atmosphere of ease and security around the Holy Father,” the Vatican said.
Giani’s resignation comes two weeks after L’Espresso, an Italian magazine, published what it said was an internal Vatican police notice about the “cautionary suspension” of five individuals after a raid on offices in the Secretariat of State and the Vatican Financial Intelligence Authority on 1st October.
Picture: Domenico Giani, lead bodyguard for Pope Francis and head of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as the pope leaves his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 1st May 2019. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Giani on 14th October, nearly two weeks after an internal security notice was leaked to the Italian press. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).