In 2008, Italian news reports quoted De Pedis’ ex-girlfriend as telling prosecutors that Orlandi had been kidnapped by the Magliana gang on the orders of Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the late U.S. prelate who had headed the Vatican bank and was linked to a huge Italian banking scandal in the 1980s. Marcinkus had always asserted his innocence in the scandal and the Vatican at the time of the allegation said the woman’s claims had “extremely doubtful value.”In a lengthy statement last month, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi insisted the Holy See had done everything possible to try to resolve the case.Pietro Orlandi said the move to exhume the tomb was a step forward in the investigation, and he hoped it showed a new willingness on the part of the Vatican to cooperate fully and show full transparency about what it knows.“I think it’s something very positive, both from the point of view of the Vatican and the prosecutors,” he told reporters.Speculation has long swirled around the location of De Pedis’ tomb, since it is buried in a prominent church alongside important Catholics _ an unusual final resting place for a reputed local mobster. Sant’Apollinare is right next to the elegant Piazza Navona in Rome’s historic center. As the exhumation went on in the crypt a priest was solemnly celebrating Mass upstairs in Latin. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Orlandi was 15 when she disappeared in 1983 after leaving her family’s Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome. Her father was a lay employee of the Holy See.De Pedis, a member of Rome’s Magliana mob, was killed in 1990. His one-time girlfriend has reportedly told prosecutors that De Pedis kidnapped Orlandi, and an anonymous caller in 2005 told a call-in television show that the answer to Orlandi’s disappearance lay in his tomb.Amid a new push to resolve the case, the Vatican said last month it had no objections to opening the tomb. On Monday, Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the inspection of the De Pedis tomb was `’certainly a positive fact” aimed at carrying out `’all possible steps so the investigation could be completed.`’The prosecutors’ office can continue to count on the full collaboration of the church authorities,” Lombardi said in comments to reporters.The scene Monday outside the Sant’Apollinare basilica was hectic, with television cameras jostling for views inside the chapel and the adjacent courtyard of the Opus Dei-run Pontifical Holy Cross University, where forensic vans came and went.