Pontifical council chief dropped from fraud probe

The head of the Pontifical Council for the Family has been dropped from a criminal investigation into a real estate deal.

An Italian judge ruled Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia was completely uninvolved in a scheme to buy a 14th-century castle and then re-sell it at a profit.

The judge made the decision after a public prosecutor’s office filed a motion to dismiss the archbishop from the investigation.

Archbishop Paglia described the judge’s decision as “deeply satisfying”.

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