A teenage girl whose disappearance in Rome has remained a mystery for 30 years was kidnapped for sex parties by a gang involving Vatican police and foreign diplomats, the Roman Catholic Church's leading exorcist has claimed, reports The Uk Telegraph in a story published in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Father Gabriele Amorth, who was appointed by the late John Paul II as the Vatican's chief exorcist, said Emanuela Orlandi was later murdered.
In the latest twist in one of the Holy See's most enduring mysteries, he said the 15-year-old was snatched from the streets of central Rome in 1983 and forced to take part in sex parties.
"This was a crime with a sexual motive. Parties were organised, with a Vatican gendarme acting as the 'recruiter' of the girls, Father Amorth, the honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists, told La Stampa newspaper.
"The network involved diplomatic personnel from a foreign embassy to the Holy See. I believe Emanuela ended up a victim of this circle."
The debate over who kidnapped Emanuela and what became of her has raged in Italy for three decades.
It has been suggested that she was taken by the leader of a notorious gang of criminals, who wanted to put pressure on Vatican officials to recover money that he had allegedly lent them.
FULL STORY Missing teenager kidnapped for sex parties, claims exorcist (SMH)