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VATICAN ( - Two weeks after a confidential Vatican memo was leaked to the press, the head of the Vatican's national police force has stepped down.

Holy - See - Press - Office - Announcement

The Holy See Press Office made the announcement Monday morning regarding Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican's national police force:

In order to assure the proper serenity of the ongoing investigation, coordinated by the Promoter of Justice and carried out by the Gendarmerie, since the perpetrator of the external circulation of the order — reserved to the staff of the Gendarmerie and of the Pontifical Swiss Guard — remains unknown, and although the Commander bears no personal responsibility in the unfolding of the events, Domenico Giani has tendered his resignation to the Holy Father out of love for the Church and faithfulness to Peter's Successor.

Memo - Oct - Journal - L'Espresso - Suspension

The leaked memo, published Oct. 2 in the Italian journal L'Espresso, announced the suspension of five officials and staff members following the Oct. 1 raid of the Secretariat of State and the Financial Intelligence Authority by the Vatican prosecutor's office.

"This publication was prejudicial to the dignity of the people involved and to the image of the Gendarmerie," the Vatican press statement notes.

Insider - Church - Militant - Giani - Resignation

A Vatican insider told Church Militant he believes Giani's resignation was "Parolin's way of getting the head of Giani."

"Parolin and his substitute Abp. Edgar Peña Parra were very embarrassed by the raid conducted by the Gendarmerie," the source said. "Giani's head was more than payback, it was a warning to any others who would continue to probe in the future."

Pietro - Parolin - Secretariat - State - Peña

Cardinal Pietro Parolin is the current Secretariat of State, and Peña Parra serves as deputy under Parolin. The positions are considered, respectively, the second and third most powerful...
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