It is known throughout the Vatican as the Relatio (Narration). It is contained in two stiff, unmarked red folders and runs to around 300 pages.
Italians fatigued by politics may have switched on the television on Sunday night for a spot of escapism.
Pope Benedict XVI is considering how to respond after being told about allegations that the UK's most senior Catholic has been accused of "inappropriate acts" against fellow priests.
When the resignation of the Pope was announced earlier in the week, the news seemed bizarre, almost unbelievable.
One of the developing world's leading candidates for the pope's successor has declared the Catholic church ready to have its first non-European Pope - and said that he will gladly take on the role "if it's the will of God".
He arrived – in his own words, eight years ago – as "a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard".
Victims of the child sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the Catholic church during Pope Benedict's tenure welcomed his unexpected resignation on Monday, amid speculation over what prompted his departure.
On the ceiling of the conference room in the Vatican bank, there is a big, round allegorical painting.