Cardinals clash over Vatican Bank management

Sparks flew over the Vatican Bank when cardinals met on the eve of the conclave that elected Pope Francis, according to Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli.

The journalist said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, administrator of the Holy See until the new pope was elected, criticised Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz for previously complaining about the management of the Vatican Bank — and more generally the Roman Curia — and for the fact that his comments had been made public.

Cardinal Bertone implied that Cardinal Braz de Aviz had leaked the content of his speech — something the Brazilian curtly denied. Instead, Cardinal Braz de Aviz responded, the information may have been leaked by the “organisation” — a suggestion that several cardinals applauded.

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