Vatican City, Oct 15, 2019 / 03:39 am
Pope Francis Tuesday appointed the second-in-command of Vatican security to head the City State's national police force, after the resignation of the former chief Oct. 14.
The pope named Oct. 15, Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti, who has worked as part of the Vatican's gendarmerie since 1995, and has been vice director and vice commander of the Vatican security and civil protection services since 2018.
Broccoletti's nomination follows the resignation of Domenico Giani, who 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.