Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Angelo Becciu’

Vatican legal system defended amid criticism of Pope’s absolute power

Thursday, July 11th, 2024
Absolute power

The Vatican’s chief prosecutor is staunchly definding the integrity of the Holy See’s legal system. The move comes following accusations that Pope Francis’ absolute power undermines defendants’ rights. Prosecutor Alessandro Diddi’s defence comes as the Vatican tribunal finalises its written reasons for its December 2023 verdicts in the so-called “trial of the century”. The tribunal Read more

Vatican prosecutors request 73 years prison in corruption trial

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

Vatican prosecutors in the Catholic Church’s 2-year-old corruption trial asked on July 26 that Cardinal Angelo Becciu be sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and pay 14 million euros in fines for embezzlement, abuse of office and witness tampering in connection with a real estate deal that lost almost $200 million. In Read more

Vatican Archbishop admits spying on other Vatican officials

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023
Archbishop admits spying

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the Deputy Secretary of State in the Vatican, has admitted to authorising electronic surveillance of the director of the Vatican bank, Gianfranco Mammì, without legal approval. The revelation came during his testimony at the landmark financial misconduct case. “I did it, and if necessary, I would do it again,” the archbishop Read more

‘Clear conscience’ cardinal bugs call to convalescing Pope

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

The Vatican has opened a new investigation into a disgraced cardinal’s alleged spying on Pope Francis. Becciu is already on trial on charges of financial mismanagement and corruption. However, on March 17, Becciu testified in the Vatican Court that he was innocent of the embezzlement, abuse of power and witness tampering charges. He said he Read more

Vatican’s ‘trial of the century’ sets new standards for the surreal

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Just when you think that the Vatican’s “trial of the century” against a cardinal and nine other defendants for various alleged financial crimes can’t get any more surreal, two developments pop out of the woodwork to prove you wrong. A hearing Thursday produced both a previously unknown, and unauthorised, recording of a phone call with Read more

Cardinal Becciu: media cost him chance at being pope

Monday, November 28th, 2022
Becciu's claim

An Italian court has dismissed Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s claims that unfavourable media coverage cost him the opportunity to be pope at the next Conclave. He has tried and failed twice to convince the court of his entitlement. Not only have Becciu’s claims been dismissed, but he has been ordered to pay thousands in damages and Read more

Invitation for accused cardinal doesn’t necessarily imply rehabilitation, Vatican source says

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

A Vatican source has said Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s apparent invitation to participate in a high-profile meeting of cardinals next week represents a personal gesture on the part of Pope Francis. But it does not necessarily mean Becciu’s rights as a cardinal, stripped by the pope two years ago, are being restored. Over the weekend, Read more

Vatican’s £124m investment property case UK ‘trial of the century’

Monday, August 8th, 2022
investment property

The Vatican’s £124m investment property deal with a British financier will be scrutinised by the English Courts. It will be the first time in the Vatican’s 2,000 year history it has had to appear before UK judges. Some are calling it the trial of the century. The issue involves a complex land deal in London Read more

Becciu’s ‘classified’ tech company linked to Trump-Russia allegations

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

The technology company to which Cardinal Angelo Becciu authorised millions of dollars of payments in Australia has been named in an emerging US political scandal, raising new questions about the Vatican’s business with the firm. Neustar, a technology and security company, has been named in pretrial motions filed by John Durham, the special counsel investigating Read more

Vatican finance trial defence team demands to see pope’s testimony

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
defence demands pope’s testimony

Lawyers defending those accused of defrauding the Vatican in a $400 million real estate investment asked judges on Wednesday (Nov 17) to release written transcripts of Pope Francis’ statements on the deal, alleging that prosecutors’ use of the pontiff’s statements may have influenced another witness in the case. From the start of the trial in Read more