Vatican City, Oct 14, 2019 / 07:00 am
The head of the Vatican City State's national police force has resigned, after a confidential internal memo was leaked to the press that announced the suspension of some Vatican officials and employees and restricted their access to the Vatican.
The suspended officials were connected to an Oct. 1 raid of some Vatican offices, part an unspecified investigation overseen by a prosecutor, called the "promoter of justice" in the Vatican City court system.
The Vatican press office said that Domenico Giani, Commander of the Vatican's Gendarmerie, was not personally responsible for the leak.
"In order to assure the proper serenity to 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," an Oct. 14 announcement from the Vatican press office said.