'They tried to silence me': Pretoria woman fights for justice 17 years after alleged rape at Vatican Embassy

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Ornella Pasqua and Father Hans Zollner SJ, who came to see her in South Africa and judged her case.
Ornella Pasqua and Father Hans Zollner SJ, who came to see her in South Africa and judged her case.
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Editor's note: This article may upset sensitive readers.

The day she was raped in the Embassy of the Holy See in Pretoria, staunch Catholic, Ornella Pasqua, remembers she was wearing her favourite cream, ankle-length skirt.

She could never bare to even touch that garment ever again, banishing it to the back of her closet so that she didn’t have to think about what she alleges happened that day at the Vatican consulate in 2005. 

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