Vatican not worried about possibility that US spied on it

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The Vatican says it has no evidence its calls were monitored by the US National Security Agency and, even if they were, "we have no concerns about it," reports the Catholic News Service.

Asked whether the NSA's electronic eavesdropping program had monitored Vatican calls, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters yesterday: "We have no evidence of this."

Fr Lombardi  made his comments after the Italian newsweekly Panorama announced that its new issue, on sale from today, would include a report that phone calls to and from the Vatican were among the 46 million calls in Italy allegedly monitored between December 10, 2012, and January 8, 2013.

The magazine said it also is possible the eavesdropping continued for months and included calls made on the eve of the conclave that elected Pope Francis in March.

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