The documents leaked to Italian media this year included letters from Maria Vagrano, the Holy See's ambassador in Washington, to the pope and the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. At the time of the correspondence, Vagrano was deputy governor of Vatican City.
"In the wake of recent leaks of reserved and confidential documents on television, in newspapers and in other communications media, the Holy Father has ordered the creation of a Commission of Cardinals to undertake an authoritative investigation and throw light on these episodes," the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday.
ANSA reported the commission would be headed by Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, who will work with Slovakian Cardinal Jozef Tomko and Italian Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi.
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