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Benedict XVI

Vatican court rejects journalist's bid to drop leaks charges

A Vatican tribunal on Tuesday rejected a journalist's request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See's latest leaks scandal.

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi are accused of having published books about Vatican waste, greed and mismanagement that were based in part on confidential Holy See documents. Alongside them in the courtroom Tuesday were three people, including a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, accused of leaking them the information.

The trial opened despite appeals by media watchdog groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the OSCE, for...