Pope Francis appointed a new head of Vatican Police, after former head Domenico Giani resigned over a leaked memo he had “no personal responsibility” in.

On Monday, now-former Chief of the Vatican Gendarmerie Domenico Giani resigned after an internal memo leaked detailing five officials suspended in connection with a raid on Vatican offices concerning “financial transactions.” Giani resigned after “twenty years of unquestionable faithfulness and loyalty” despite him bearing “no personal responsibility” in the leak.

Yesterday, Pope Francis appointed Giani’s successor: Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti, who had been serving under Giani since 2018 as deputy commander and deputy director.

In a statement, the Holy See Press Office released a bio of Broccoletti:

“Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti was born in Gubbio, Perugia on 3 June 1974, and graduated in safety engineering and protection from the “La Sapienza” University in Rome. Married with two children, he joined the Gendarme Corps in 1995. Since 1999 he has been responsible for the design and development of the infrastructure of networking technology and security of the Vatican City State and cyber security.

In 2010 he was transferred to the Operational Security Centre, gradually advancing in responsibilities and corresponding levels until he reached the rank of manager in 2017, and deputy director and deputy commander in 2018. Over the years, he has established a relationship of trust with the various special Secretariats of the Holy Father, the Supreme Authorities of the Governorate and the Secretariat of State, where competence and professionalism were required for confidential investigations.

He has accompanied the Supreme Pontiff on numerous apostolic journeys and pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world. He also coordinated the summer stays of Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and served as deputy commander of the Detachment of Castel Gandolfo during the summer stay of Pope Benedict XVI in the Pontifical Villas. He was part of the staff responsible for managing technological security during the 2005 and 2013 Conclave.

He has served as delegate of the director of the Security and Civil Protection Services in various circumstances for meetings with the City of Rome and the various police forces relating to so-called “major events” when the presence of the Holy Father is expected. He has attended numerous courses, seminars and internships with the various Italian and international police forces.”

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