The Vatican denied Italian news reports Sunday that one of its officials was involved in an altercation with police after he was stopped in a neighbourhood frequented by transvestites and male prostitutes.
"The news printed in this morning's newspapers regarding a cleric in service at the Vatican is completely baseless," the Vatican said in a statement. It added that it planned to take legal action against those "who had contributed to defame the official's good name."
Rome police referred questions to the prosecutor's office Sunday, where no one answered the phones.
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