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From left, Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, public relations expert Francesca Chaouqui and Mgr Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda sit during their trial at the Vatican (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Reporter Emiliano Fittipaldi and his lawyer raised an objection at the start of today’s hearing

The Vatican's 2015 Christmas stamps feature a manuscript illumination of the Holy Family by an unknown artist from the 15th century (CNS)

Vatican Christmas stamps revealed

The image by an unknown artist is drawn from the Vatican Library

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi, left, and Gianluigi Nuzzi will attend the Vatican court for the trial (AP)

The trial of five people charged with offences related to the leaking of documents gets underway at the Vatican today

Investigative journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, holds a copy of Avarice, his book exposing Vatican scandals (AP)

The debate about press freedom is a distraction from the real scandal

Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of Avarice (AP)

Two journalists and a monsignor among those charged after leaks lead to accusations of financial malpractice in the Vatican

The Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

An 82ft Bavarian fir tree is already in place ready to mark the beginning of the Holy Year

A detail from a portrait of Galieleo by an artist from the Italian school

Priest and theologian Paul Haffner sets out to refute the assumption that Christianity stands in opposition to scientific discoveries

Girls dressed up as Blessed Mother Teresa during an event to commemorate her 104th birth anniversary in a school in Bhopal, India.  (CNS photo/Sanjeev Gupta, EPA)

Italian news agency Agi issued the report which the Vatican has not yet confirmed

Italian journalist  Emiliano Fittipaldi speaking to the press on Tuesday (AP)

Emiliano Fittipaldi criticised the Vatican’s ‘medieval rules’ and told investigators he would not reveal his sources

Italian journalist and author Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP)

Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of Merchants in the Temple, received an official summons from the Vatican prosecutor