An aide to the Pope and a Vatican chorister have been removed from their posts over allegations of involvement in a homosexual prostitution ring.
The Vatican confirmed it had suspended Angelo Balducci, an usher known as a Gentleman to “His Holiness”, whose duties included greeting important visitors.
Police had been tapping his phone in connection with a corruption inquiry, when they heard about the sex ring.
One chorister, a Nigerian, named Ghinedu Thomas Ehiem who sang for 19 years in the Giulia Choir, which performs at St Peter’s Basilica, is said to have found men for Mr Balducci.
In addition to being a Gentleman to His Holiness, Mr Balducci is an engineer who is a board member of Italy’s public works department.