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Vatican diplomat is recalled amid child pornography investigation

Vatican diplomat is recalled amid child pornography investigation

A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican’s embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, Vatican and U.S. officials said Friday.

The diplomat was suspected of possessing, but not producing or disseminating, child pornography, including images of pre-pubescent children, a U.S. source familiar with the case said. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Vatican declined to identify the priest but said that he was currently in Vatican City and that Vatican prosecutors had launched their own investigation and...

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