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Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up
Piero Orlandi, the brother of Emanuela Orlandi, joins demonstrators Sunday in St. Peter's Square.
May 27th, 2012
09:03 PM ET

Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up

By Livia Borghese, for CNN

Rome (CNN) - The brother of an Italian girl missing for nearly 30 years urged the Vatican to investigate her case as several hundred demonstrators carrying pictures of her marched to St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

The march came a day after Italian prosecutor Giancarlo Capaldo told CNN that a priest who used to run a church in Rome is under investigation on suspicion of complicity in the abduction of Emanuela Orlandi.

Msgr. Piero Vergari, the former rector of Sant'Apollinare, is being investigated along with four members of a criminal gang, Capaldo said Saturday.

Vergari, who left the position in 1991, did not reply to an e-mail from CNN seeking comment.

"We want the Vatican to open a serious investigation into the case," said Piero Orlandi, the missing girl's brother.

Sunday's march is the latest attempt to get to the bottom of one of Rome's most enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee.

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  1. Elsy Ruuska

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    April 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  2. Huseyin

    that my culture coenidsrs the existence of a free media to be an abomination, does that de facto make CNN's broadcasts torture? I think not.Torture vs. Interrogation is a murky topic, but the opponents of the war (most of the media and the democrat/liberal pary) have described a ludicrously limited field of acceptable behavior, and they are primarily doing this for political gain. I've no doubt that some honestly feel this way, and I can respect that, but your example of CNN changing its stand when it suits them is a clear indication that their current thinking regarding torture is opportunistic.When an opponent (and I'm lumping CNN into this camp since they have an obvious bias against the current administration) gets to define the terms of the argument, they have a huge advantage. After all, they've succeded in defining the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan as "insurgents" when they're nothing close to the accepted definition of the word. They even have defenders of the war referring to "the insurgency". I, for one, would like to see the administration permanently change its syntax and start calling them "the terrorists". Words matter.Jason

    October 8, 2012 at 4:42 am |
  3. The Bible is incomplete

    I don't need prayer or religion to know that I'm a good person. I have a moral base learned from nuns and 9 years of Catholic school, and the only thing I really ever got out of it all that made ANY sense is The Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have done to yourself. Prayer is a formulaic process of developing hope in oneself, and as a group... So is meditation and reflection. To think that we as humans are being watched by some all-powerful God, to me, is laughable. We live in a universe that is larger than we can comprehend, and Ancient Aliens is more believable than Creationist theory. It's an arrogant position to think that we as a species are THAT special.

    Open an investigation, Vatican. Blame antiquity if you have to, but ignoring this any longer WILL make you as irrelevant as the Betamax. Have you seen the Internet? If you're reading this I'm pretty sure you have, so you should know what kind of firestorm could happen if you do nothing. If God truly does exist, don't you think he'd want you to heal the broken hearts of this girl's family? Wouldn't Jesus URGE you to tell the truth? To confess your sins as the leaders of his church (as you purport yourselves to be)? Stonewalling and strong arming the world won't keep it out. That doesn't work anymore, and those silly looking guards aren't going to stop a mob if they really want to get in. You're losing followers doing what you're doing, so why not mix it up?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven truthful

    May 29, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  5. Canyon

    All we really need to know is that the entire point of religion is control. You have to believe, and do what god says, or suffer in hell.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      The only point of your post I would change is the expression "have to" into the expression "get to"

      May 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  6. gary

    RCC bureaucracy is renown, monumental, complex, secretive and ancient. Read "God's Jury" by Murphy. It's just a corrupt system of gathering money and power for the guy at the top.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Atheist

      thanks for the book suggestion, I'm never above broadening my horizons and opening my mind by reading and learning.

      May 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Atheist. If you're truly open minded try C.S. Lewis "The Burden of Glory"

      May 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  7. kebos

    Catholicism is a cult. An elaborate one with a rich history that for the uninitiated gives it a plausibility for its rights and traditions. But it is nothing more than a cult set upon amassing wealth, building power, and maintaining control over its people.

    Islam and Judiasm are of the same.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:13 am |
    • just wondering

      If Islam and Judaism and Catholicism are the same why are they different?

      May 28, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Mirosal

      just wondering .. I mean just spewing .. learn to read .. he said OF the same, not that they ARE the same. Same "god", same dietary laws, they both regard the Old Testament as "holy".

      May 28, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • just wondering

      No one posted under spewing, you did not capitalize God and you want me to learn to read ? How disabled are you?

      May 28, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • great intellect my ass

      mirosal ? mensa my ass

      May 28, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Jay

      @justwondering LOL!! Someone offers constructive criticism to help you properly present a valid argument, and you attack them with a gross insult, using disabled people as your punch line? What a model of intelligence!!

      May 28, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  8. doctore0

    Investigate the Vatican..

    May 28, 2012 at 6:56 am |
  9. Brampt

    These pseudo-christians keep on hiding, hiding and hiding, and postponing... Until one day someone seriously would have to brake in the Vatican and really bring up all the hidden secrets, and cease everyone!!

    May 28, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  10. ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

    OMG. Is she one of THOSE Borgheses ? !!

    May 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  11. Bootyfunk

    they jump to defend child molesters over the victim. and they wonder why church attendance is so low. disgusting.

    May 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • nope

      nope.

      May 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      unclasp your hands, get up off your knees, go outside and use your hands to actually help someone.

      May 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      I thought god had a plan.

      May 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • just sayin

      He does, you are not in on it. God bless

      May 28, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • just sayin

      All things in their order and season there is a time for talking with God and a time for acting on Gods instructions. God bless

      May 28, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • Jack

      Amen bootyfunk!!

      May 28, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Harvest

      @just sayin You sound like you know exactly what god wants, so tell me, after all the people god murdered in the old testament, who is to say a man who hears god in his head tell him to kill people, is any different than a priest who heard god say he should molest children? Or a man who hears god tell him he should devote his life to helping the poor? What if he helps the poor then molests children, does it cancel out?

      May 28, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • just sayin

      The wages of sin is death. The judgement of God is evident as a loving warning to avoid their sins and their consequences. God never orders His followers to sin. Demons impersonate God and deceive all the time, not unlike atheist wanna bees who lie here every day. God bless

      May 29, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • Jesus

      ~Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am |
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