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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

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

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Sunday (AP)

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St Peter's Square in the Vatican (AP)

Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui were arrested over the weekend

Pope Francis's finance czar Cardinal George Pell (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican financial czar’s expenses leaked to Italian media in echo of VatiLeaks scandal

Secrets of the Vatican aired last night on Channel 4 (CNS)

Secrets of the Vatican asks some worthy questions but makes sweeping statements at points

Pope Francis meets Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (CNS)

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Paolo Gabriele, right, pictured during the trial (Photo: CNS)

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