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Holy See Press Office suspends credentials of journalist who leaked encyclical

June 16, 2015

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has suspended the credentials of Sandro Magister, the Vatican reporter from L’Espresso, the Italian journal that leaked a version of Pope Francis’s upcoming encyclical on the environment.

Attendance at Vatican press conferences is typically limited to journalists who have been granted credentials by the press office.

In reporting on the suspension, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero argued that L'Espresso did not violate the terms of the press office’s embargo on the encyclical since it did not obtain the draft from the press office, but from a source in the Curia.

Magister himself has said that a draft of the encyclical was given to the editor of L'Espresso, who asked him to write an introductory piece. Thus the veteran Vatican journalist says that he was not the direct recipient of the leaked document.


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  • Posted by: Jason C. - Jun. 16, 2015 4:20 PM ET USA

    And yet it takes a decade to get a mandatum revoked!

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Jun. 16, 2015 12:50 PM ET USA

    Yes, I think that people should not leak. If the scheduled date is Thursday, why leaking it? That's why I didn't even attempt to read it (well, that, and the fact that my Italian is not quite perfect).