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Robbed and plundered on Christmas Day: Convent at Pope Francis' summer retreat broken into

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/28/2014 (4 years ago)
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Castel Gandolfo believed robbed by gang of bandits

Italian authorities are hunting for a gang of bandits who broke into a convent in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer retreat. The convent was robbed on Christmas Day, and the group took the mother superior hostage.

Italian police are now checking the closed-circuit television footage and dusting the convent for fingerprints.

Italian police are now checking the closed-circuit television footage and dusting the convent for fingerprints.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/28/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Castel Gandolfo, robbery, convent, gang


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Three men forced a window at the Pius XII Institute in the Alban hills south of Rome just after midnight on Christmas Eve. The men reportedly began ransacking the mother superior's office on the first floor.

The ruckus awoke the nuns sleeping or praying in their bedrooms on the second floor, police said.

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Castel Gandolfo, along with the nearby volcanic lake of Marino is a fashionable residence for well-off Romans to escape the summer heat. Pope Francis recently opened the papal palace and its gardens to the public for the first time.


When the mother superior appeared in her office to investigate, the men grabbed her and walked her to her bedroom. She was forced to hand over 5,000 euros from the convent's cash box.

The men then grabbed her cell phone and locked her in her bedroom before escaping through holes cut in the fence at the back of the convent's grounds. An accomplice was seen waiting in the getaway car.

Italian police are now checking the closed-circuit television footage and dusting the convent for fingerprints.

The nuns were in "a state of shock," according to Il Messaggero, a local newspaper. The convent also houses a junior school and locals in Castel Gandolfo expressed their outrage that anyone would rob nuns at Christmas.

The men were described as being between 30 and 40 years old and were unmasked. They spoke with southern accents, perhaps from Campania, the regional stronghold of the Camorra mafia.

Castel Gandolfo, along with the nearby volcanic lake of Marino is a fashionable residence for well-off Romans to escape the summer heat. Pope Francis recently opened the papal palace and its gardens to the public for the first time.

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