mercoledì 28 luglio 2021

As Cardinal Becciu goes to court, Francis' financial reforms also on trial

(Jason Berry - NC Reporter)  The Vatican is opening criminal proceedings on July 27 against Giovanni Angelo Becciu, a once-powerful cardinal demoted by Pope Francis last fall, and nine other defendants. They are charged with embezzlement and other crimes linked to a 2013 investment of a purported $240 million in a London real estate venture that kept swallowing money until it went bust, leaving an approximate $415 million Vatican loss. The trial marks an emboldened turn in Francis' papacy, likely to surpass other forensic dramas in the chain of scandals since "Vatileaks," when Pope Benedict XVI's butler, Paolo Gabriele, went to prison in 2012 for leaking papal documents to an Italian reporter. In that trial, the magistrate barred key evidence from a secret report by three (...)