Published June 14, 2016
The Vatican's trial over leaked documents has taken a complicated but expected turn with the birth of a baby named Pietro.
Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations expert and member of a papal reform commission, gave birth Tuesday just as the trial in which she is a defendant resumed.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, announced the birth and sent his best wishes for the arrival of the 3.7-kilo baby.
The Vatican accuses Chaouqui, a Vatican monsignor and his assistant of leaking confidential documents exposing Vatican greed and mismanagement to two journalists. The journalists are also on trial, accused of breaking Vatican law by publishing the information.
They face up to eight years in prison; Chaouqui says she would refuse any papal pardon if convicted and raise Pietro behind bars.