Pope Francis: New Accusations About Paul II’s Link To Missing Girl Decades Ago ‘Baseless’

Pope Francis said Sunday that recent insinuations the late-Pope St. John Paul II’s pursued underage girls to molest are “offensive and baseless.”
Francis made the remarks before tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.
The Pope spoke after an audiotape recently surfaced in which a purported Roman mobster insinuates John Paul would go out looking for underage girls to molest.
Days before Francis spoke, the Vatican’s media apparatus described the tape as “slanderous.”
The tape was played on an Italian TV program by Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee who lived at the Vatican.
The disappearance of the 15-year-old in 1983 is an enduring mystery that has spawned countless theories and so far fruitless investigations in the decades since.

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