Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in the “Vatileaks II” scandal, has appealed to Pope Francis for a pardon, but has not yet received a response, according to Italian media reports.
Msgr. Vallejo Balda, the former secretary of the Vatican’s Prefecture
for the Economic Affairs, was sentenced by a Vatican tribunal in July
after he admitted that he had given reporters access to confidential
In 2012, Paolo Gabriele, who had been valet to Pope Benedict XVI, was
convicted of similar charges; he too was sentenced to 18 months’
imprisonment. But Pope Benedict pardoned him just a few weeks after his