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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:18 AM

Vatican diplomat to Washington D.C. recalled due to child-porn investigation

Source: Washington Post

Vatican diplomat to Washington D.C. recalled due to child-porn investigation

By Julie Zauzmer and Michael Birnbaum September 15 at 10:42 AM

U.S. officials found evidence implicating a Vatican diplomat in a child-pornography case, the Vatican said Friday, leading officials in Rome to recall the person to the Holy See.

The Vatican said in a news release that the State Department contacted the Vaticanís Secretariat of State on Aug. 21 to report a possible crime involving child pornography. The United States said it was committed by a member of the diplomatic corps based in Washington.

Vatican diplomats in the United States have diplomatic immunity from prosecution for most crimes in the United States, like diplomats of all foreign nations. The Associated Press reported that the U.S. government requested that the officialís diplomatic immunity be lifted. The request was denied.

In addition to being the seat of the Catholic church, the Vatican is also a sovereign nation located within the borders of Italy. Pope Francis is both spiritual leader and head of state.

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