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Vatican receptionist found dead; investigation underway

February 24, 2016

The Vatican has called for an investigation into the death of a young woman who worked as a receptionist at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives and works.

Miriam Wulou, a 34-year-old native of Eritrea who had immigrated to Italy, was found dead in her apartment last Friday. She was pregnant, and suffered from a severe case of diabetes, which had kept her away from her work in the days before her death. Investigators plan an autopsy to determine whether diabetes was the cause of her death.

The young woman's death has raised questions about her husband, who did not live with her, and whether their union was arranged simply to enable her to become a citizen. Investigators are also interested in confirming the paternity of her unborn child.


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