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Vatican PR expert: Never gave documents to journalists

A communications expert has testified in a Vatican court that she never gave confidential documents to journalists. However, she says a Vatican monsignor did after he was turned down for a promotion, began hanging out with an astrologer and confessed his sexual secrets to her.

Francesca Chaouqui took the stand Wednesday to defend herself against charges that she passed confidential Vatican information to two journalists whose blockbuster books exposed waste, greed and mismanagement in the Holy See.

She testified: "I can assure you that no reserved documents ever passed from my hands."

She said she only ever gave journalist Gianlugi Nuzzi an invitation to a Vatican reception and a collection of newspaper clippings.