Nicole Winfield, chief correspondent, Rome; Maria Verza, reporter, Mexico City, Luca Bruno, photographer, Milan; Charlene Pele, freelance videographer, Milan; and Maria Grazia Murru, senior producer, Rome, for teaming up in a new investigation into the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order, revealing that the pope’s own envoy knew about a sex abuse settlement offer that is the subject of an obstruction of justice and extortion trial in Italy.

AP scored the first-ever interview with the victim’s mother and obtained her wiretapped conversation with the Vatican cardinal running the Legion who was utterly unfazed that the order wanted to pay her son to lie to prosecutors and deny he had been abused.