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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

Police outside the Bataclan concert hall, where many were killed by terrorists last night (AP)

‘We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred,’ says Vatican press office

Investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Books by Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi claim to reveal financial mismanagement by the Vatican hierarchy

Fr Fernando Karadima is escorted from court giving his testimony (AP)

Fr Fernando Karadima told a court in Santiago he has never abused children