The Vatican

The Vatican

The Vatican on Monday reported the arrest of a priest and a laywoman, two members of a commission set up by Pope Francis to look at reforms to the Catholic Church.

The two were arrested on charges of improperly leaking confidential information and documents to the media, Reuters reported.

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The arrests of Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and laywoman Francesca Chaouqui came over the weekend, but Vatican officials only reported the occurrence Monday. Chaouqui was shortly after released after she agreed to cooperate with investigators, Reuters said.

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The arrests come as two Italian authors are just about to release separate books about past scandals of the Vatican.

It’s not clear what documents the two were accused of leaking.

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