The Pope’s pregnant receptionist has been found dead in her apartment on the outskirts of Rome city. Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was discovered. She had worked at Pope Francis’ home and a priests’ guesthouse called Santa Marta for years.
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.
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.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. “Pope Francis had been informed of the death. We are all pained by this news.”