The Vatican has issued a statement condemning the hacking of the Democratic Party.
“I hope they do not get it,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
The statement comes after Pope Francis told the US Congress earlier this month that the hacking was an “act of war” against the church.
The US Senate is expected to vote on Thursday on a bill to defund the Church and impose new sanctions on the Vatican.
The bill also calls for the Vatican to be stripped of its Vatican property and funding.
The Pope’s comments followed a meeting with US lawmakers, which saw him call on Congress to “immediately” revoke the funding.
“We are all the victims, and we all need to work together to protect the innocent, including the Vatican,” the Pope said.
“It is up to us, as Americans, to take responsibility for our own security and to protect our churches, and I hope they will take it, as well.”
The US bishops conference has also issued a warning, warning that the Vatican’s hacking “could well be a precursor to future acts of violence”.
“While the Church does not comment on individual cases of alleged or suspected crimes, we are committed to protecting innocent people, families, churches, universities and individuals,” the statement said.
Pope Francis’s statement came after US lawmakers announced that they would vote on a bipartisan bill to cut off funding to the Vatican and to impose new restrictions on its operations.
“There is a war going on against the Catholic Church and against our freedom of speech, the free exchange of ideas, and the free exercise of religion,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
“This is a conflict between two sides: the pope and a powerful faction within the church, which has been seeking to destroy the church and its institutions.”
The Vatican was forced to make some changes to its internal operations, which prompted the US bishops to ask its top priest to explain what had happened.
“The Holy See has been under intense scrutiny by US and international media, and its internal workings have come under the microscope.
This is an internal matter,” the Vatican said in a statement.
“At this time, the Holy See would like to clarify, in detail, what happened to the confidential files in the possession of Cardinal Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
The Holy See is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of the confidential documents.”