Vatican Arrests 2 Suspected of Leaking Documents
The Vatican arrested a Spanish priest and a laywoman suspected of stealing confidential documents and leaking them to the media, the Holy See acknowledged Monday.
The two, who served on a special commission established by Pope Francis to study economic reform of the Vatican, were arrested and interrogated over the weekend, according to a statement.
Francesca Chaouqui, the laywoman, was released Monday after she agreed to cooperate with the probe. The status of Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda was unclear.
French news agency AFP noted the incident is the Vatican's second leak scandal in three years. The butler to Pope Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted in 2012 of stealing the now-emeritus pontiff's private papers and leaking them to a journalist.
Reuters reported books by two Italian authors, containing new evidence on past Vatican scandals, are scheduled for release this week.
US Navy to Search Wreckage Thought to be Missing Ship
A U.S. Navy salvage team is preparing to launch a remotely operated submersible to confirm that wreckage discovered near the Bahamas is that of the cargo ship El Faro, lost in a hurricane last month.
The 790-foot El Faro vanished on October 1 with 33 crew members during Hurricane Joaquin.
Authorities said they aim to survey the wreckage and hope to locate a voyage data recorder — the ship's "black box" - that could yield clues as to what happened.
If human remains are encountered during the submersible operation, the Navy will attempt to recover them, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said.
El Faro's captain made a distress call before the vessel disappeared, saying the ship had lost engine power during its voyage from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
An extensive search by the U.S. Coast Guard found only floating debris and one body in a survival suit, which was not recovered.