Vatican police raided the offices of the Holy See’s Secretariat of State and its Financial Information Authority (AIF) on Tuesday and took away documents and electronic devices.

The raid, described as “highly unusual”, came one day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Rome and met with dubious Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Five Vatican employees, including the number two at the Vatican’s AIF and a monsignor, have been suspended following the police raid.

The operation is highly unusual because the Secretariat of State is the nerve center of the Vatican bureaucracy and diplomacy, and the AIF is the financial controller of all Vatican departments.

The Vatican has big investments in banking, insurance, chemicals, steel, construction, gold and real estate.

News Punch / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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