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Vaitleaks defendants at the beginning of the trial in November: from left, Gianluigi Nuzzi, Emiliano Fittipaldi, Francesca Chaouqui and Monsignor Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda (PA)

Msgr Lucio Vallejo Balda said he was put under pressure by a fellow-member of the Pope’s financial reform commission

A militia member stands guard in the Iraqi Christian village of Bakufa, 18 miles north of Mosul (AP)

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Archbishop Angelo Becciu, left (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican is ‘not a den of thieves’, says Archbishop Angelo Becciu

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is assisted by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, as he walks through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Are there really two popes?

Benedict XVI’s resignation and his enigmatic life as Pope Emeritus have inspired ludicrous conspiracy theories. It’s time to put them to rest

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

Vatican judges have agreed for several prominent Vatican officials to be called to give evidence in trial over leaked documents

Archbishop Tobin leaves the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence (AP)

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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 last week (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