Pope Francis assured, this Sunday, June 25, his support for the family of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager of Vatican nationality who disappeared in June 1983, and whose fate has always remained a mystery. “These days, we remember the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi. I want to take this opportunity to express once again my closeness to his family, and especially to his mother, and to assure you of my prayers,” the Pope said from the window of the Apostolic Palace from where he recited, as every week, the Sunday Angelus.
“I extend my memory to all the families who carry the pain of a loved one who has passed away,” added François.
A few hundred meters away, at the end of Via della Conciliazione, which leads to St. Peter’s Square, some relatives of the Orlandi family had gathered to demonstrate to clarify the disappearance of the young woman. , which has never been found.
For 40 years, the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi has not ceased to cause ink to flow, feeding even the most fanciful hypotheses of an orchestrated kidnapping within the framework of an operation of international terrorism.
Emanuela Orlandi, who lived inside the Vatican with her family, disappeared on June 22, 1983, after leaving her music school in Rome. While his relatives initially believed in a runaway, an extensive investigation was quickly launched, allowing suspicions of abduction to be raised. John Paul II himself launched a public appeal to his captors to release her.
Last January, the Vatican justice announced the reopening of the investigation, a few weeks after the broadcast by Netflix of a series on this case. On June 22, 40 years to the day after the disappearance of the young girl, the promoter of justice of the Vatican – equivalent to the prosecutor in the judicial system of the smallest State in the world – affirmed to have handed over to Italian justice “all the evidence available in the various institutions of the Vatican and the Holy See” on this matter.