Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin who was the Pope's secretary was found dead in her appartment on the outskirts of the city.
The Italian press reports she worked as a kind of gatekeeper for the Pontiff, as well as for the bishops
and cardinals who stay there.
The Pope opted to live at the Santa Marta guesthouse after his appointment in 2013, rejecting the grand papal apartments because he found them too sumptuous and he feared isolation.
Ms Wuolou had a serious kind of diabetes which had led doctors to warn her pregnancy was at risk. Police are investigating a case of neglect and have interviewed family members, her ex-husband from whom she was separated, and most recent boyfriend, thought to be a policeman in the Vatican, according to Rome-based newspaper il Messaggero.
The first external examination of the corpse showed no signs of violence. Her brother found the body on Friday after he had not heard from her for several days. The autopsy has been carried out, and DNA tests are to be carried out on the foetus. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. "Pope Francis had been informed of the death. We are all pained by this news."
News Source: Mirror UK
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