Emanuela Orlandi’s mysterious disappearance from Vatican City 40 years ago continues to intrigue Italy and the world.
The last sighting of Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, was in Rome for a music lesson on June 22, 1983. Her case remains one of Italy’s most puzzling unsolved mysteries.
Recently after his Sunday Angelus Address, Pope Francis expressed his prayers and support for Orlandi’s family, on the 40th anniversary of her disappearance. His message was directed towards Orlandi’s brother, Pietro, who has been tirelessly campaigning for clarity on his sister’s case.
The case of Orlandi’s disappearance has found a new global audience, partly due to the Netflix series, “Vatican Girl”. This has led to a renewed interest in uncovering the truth.
In a significant development, both the Vatican and Italian investigators reignited inquiries into the case this year. Vatican’s Chief Prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, reopened a previously stalled investigation, revealing new potential leads.
Various theories have been proposed about Orlandi’s disappearance. These range from a possible plot to kill Pope John Paul II, abduction by Roman underworld figures, or being tragically caught up in a human trafficking ring.
The Vatican is committed to pursuing the case. Recently, their latest findings were shared with Italian prosecutors.
Amidst the numerous speculative theories, none have yet been confirmed.