The Vatican’s chief prosecutor said Pope Francis has given him free rein to investigate the 1983 disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old Vatican resident.
The case has fuelled conspiracy theories for close to 40 years and inspired a Netflix series in 2022. Alessandro Diddi, the Vatican prosecutor, told Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper, that the pope and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, have an “iron will” to shed whatever light is possible on what happened to Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, who vanished in Rome on 22nd June 1983.
Diddi’s interview with Corriere della Sera was published on 11th April, the same day Pietro Orlandi, Emanuela’s brother, met with Diddi and other Vatican prosecutors for more than eight hours. It was their first meeting since Diddi opened a new file on the case in January at Orlandi’s request.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Orlandi said that in 40 years he had “never been questioned so thoroughly” on the case, but the meeting also gave him an opportunity to discuss “the most important things that have come out in these 40 years.
Picture: Pietro Orlandi, the brother of Emanuela Orlandi, a Vatican schoolgirl who disappeared in Rome in 1983, speaks to reporters outside Porta Sant’Anna at the Vatican after meeting with the Vatican City’s chief prosecutor on 11th April 2023. (CNS photo/Justin McLellan)