a rally to demand the truth about the mysterious disappeared

Emanuela Orlandi, 15 at the time, and whose father worked for the Vatican, disappeared after a music lesson in the center of Rome on June 22, 1983. Since then, the case has given rise to multiple theses, never proven, and has never ceased to fascinate the Italians, against a backdrop of conspiracy theories implicating the secret services, the mafia, the high Vatican authorities and Freemasonry.

“No state, and even less the Church, can justify criminality”, proclaimed one of the banners of this sit-in organized by Pietro Orlandi, the brother of the disappeared, after the announcement Tuesday by the Vatican of the opening of an investigation into this case.

“Perhaps they (the Vatican, editor’s note) have understood that the time has come to put a point. I hope this is a full stop. This is the first time that they have opened an investigation into the kidnapping of Emanuela, a citizen of the Vatican,” Pietro Orlandi told the press.

“I have always been convinced that the Vatican knows, that they are aware, that the three popes (John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, editor’s note) know, and that there could be responsibilities within of the Vatican, with the help of outsiders,” he said. The solidarity of the people present “is the strength that has pushed me to move forward all these years”, added Mr. Orlandi.

Series on Netflix

“I hope that after 40 years it will be the right one”, after the unsuccessful investigations of the Italian judiciary, declared for his part Lorenzo Farina, a student who came to participate in the sit-in. “What also struck me was the indifference on the part of the Vatican […] who never cooperated,” he added.

This disappearance was the subject of a 2022 series on Netflix in which Emanuela’s brother claims that Pope Francis allegedly said to him, “She is in heaven”, implying – according to the family – that the Vatican knows what what happened to the girl.

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