It’s a Boy! Vatican Leak Trial Takes Surreal Turn With Birth
[He’s innocent of the crime but guilty of original sin]
VATICAN CITY — Jun 14, 2016
The Vatican’s criminal trial over leaked documents took a complicated but expected turn Tuesday with the birth of a baby named Pietro.
Francesca Chaouqui, a flamboyant public relations expert and member of a papal reform commission, gave birth just as the trial in which she is a defendant resumed.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, announced the birth with a “Benvenuto!” (Welcome!) and sent his best wishes for the arrival of the 3.7-kilo (8.16-pound) baby boy.
The Vatican has accused Chaouqui as well as a Vatican monsignor and his assistant of leaking confidential documents exposing Vatican greed and mismanagement to two journalists. The journalists are also on trial, accused of breaking Vatican law by publishing confidential information.
They all face up to eight years in prison. Chaouqui has said that if convicted, she would refuse a papal pardon and raise her son behind bars, becoming something of a martyr for Francis’ reform effort and courtroom drama that has played out for the past six months.
It remains to be seen if the Vatican would incarcerate a new mother and child named after the apostle Peter.
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