As the deadline set by kidnapers for the death of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican messenger drew closer, an anonymous telephone caller who knew a coded number at the Vatican demanded yesterday that "major independent news organizations" publish the full text of a tape-recorded message from her abductors that was received by authorities Sunday.
The contents of the tape were made public by police. The threat to kill Emanuela Orlandi unless the Turkish terrorist who shot the pope is freed by today was included in the tape.
Deputy Vatican spokesman Pierfranco Pastore gave no further details of the call to the coded Vatican "hot line" number, set up so Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, second in the Vatican hierarchy only to the pope, could take a call between 10 and 11 a.m. local time yesterday in response to the kidnapers' demands.
"I am authorized to inform you that during the scheduled hour, no message was received," Pastore said. He said the request for publication of the tape text was the only "concrete thing" to come out of the later call.
Milan's Corriere della Sera, Italy's leading newspaper, and the Turin daily La Stampa said they would not publish the text. The Rome daily Il Messaggero said it would.