The police detained the priest on Sunday during the checks they carry out when entering the The Vatican.

The parish priest was accompanying a group of pilgrims from the Czech Republic, and the bag in which the police found an air pistol and other suspicious items allegedly belonged to one of the believers. During interrogation, the clergyman stated that the items were intended for personal defense.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died in a picture from 2009 during a visit to Prague.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died in the Vatican at the age of 95

However, according to Corriere della Sera POLICE does not find this justification credible. Investigators believe that the worshiper may have entrusted the bag to the clergyman because he thought that he would not be subjected to a thorough security check due to his ecclesiastical position.

Both men are being prosecuted at large.