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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 06:51 AM
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Vatican braced for exhumation in old kidnap case
The stench of sewage filled the courtyard next to Rome's Sant'Apollinare basilica where Enrico De Pedis was buried. Medical personnel in white pantsuits and masks milled about under a blue tent where his body was believed to have been taken for initial tests.

De Pedis, a member of Rome's Magliana mob, was killed in 1990. His one-time girlfriend has reportedly said he kidnapped Orlandi, and an anonymous caller in 2005 told a call-in television show that the answer to Orlandi's disappearance lay in his tomb.


Doubts have also been cast on whether the Vatican itself had cooperated fully with the investigation. In a lengthy statement last month, the Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi insisted the Holy See had done everything possible to try to resolve the case.


Speculation has long swirled around the location of De Pedis' tomb, since it's buried in a prominent church alongside prominent Catholics an unusual final resting place for a reputed local mobster. Sant'Apollinare church is right next to the elegant Piazza Navona in Rome's historic center and is adjacent to the Opus Dei-run Pontifical Holy Cross University.

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Sal Minella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-12 01:32 PM
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1. The Vatican investigators will get right to this
as soon as they're done investigating the recalcitrant American nuns (whose silly hobby of feeding the hungry has diverted their attention from the important work of picketing against women's rights) -- and investigating the Girl Scouts.

First things first.

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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-12 08:51 PM
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2. +1
with a *snort*, and thanks for making me laugh!
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