Breaking News Nuns at Pope Francis Retreat House Robbed on Christmas Day
The convent at Pope Francis' summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo was robbed on Christmas Day. The group took the mother superior hostage.
Italian police are checking the television footage and fingerprints Three men forced came in through a window at the Pius XII Institute in Rome just after midnight. The men reportedly began went through the mother superior's office.
Then the nuns woke up and came to see what was going on. The men grabbed the Mother Superior and walked her to her bedroom. She was forced to give them over 5,000 euros from the cash box.
The men locked her in her bedroom before escaping through holes cut in the fence at the backyard. They escaped in a car. The nuns were in "a state of shock," according to Il Messaggero, a newspaper. The convent also houses a school and in Castel Gandolfo.
The men were described as being between 30 and 40 years old. They spoke with southern accents, perhaps from Campania, where Camorra mafia have a strong presence.