Posts Tagged ‘Vatican Secretariat of State’

Vatican’s sacked auditors sue Holy See

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Two former Vatican financial auditors – Libero Milone and Ferruccio Panicco are suing the Vatican Secretariat of State. They are demanding the Catholic Church pay for damages to their reputations caused by their unceremonious sacking in 2017. Milone (pictured with the Pope) was the Vatican’s first auditor general. Panicco was his deputy. Pope Francis appointed Read more

Vatican prosecutors concede errors made, corruption trial in doubt

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Vatican trial errors

Prosecutors at a Vatican trial of 10 people, including a cardinal, accused of financial crimes, acknowledged errors were made in its case. The Vatican prosecutor offered to remedy the mistakes by essentially starting over, throwing the trial into question before it really got off the ground. Deputy prosecutor Alessandro Diddi made the surprise announcement at Read more

Cardinal in Vatican civil court: defence on the attack

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Ten people, including a cardinal, are facing serious charges in a Vatican civil court. The Vatican’s trial against Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine other individuals, along with three corporate entities, alleges extortion, fraud and embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of office. This is the first time a cardinal has been brought to trial by a Read more

Vatican pressed on decree limiting Latin Mass in St. Peter’s

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

A second Catholic cardinal has questioned the legitimacy of a recent decree by the Vatican to restrict the celebration of the old Latin Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and forbid private Masses in its side chapels. The March 12 circular was written on the letterhead of the Vatican Secretariat of State and carried the initials Read more

Pope Francis removes financial authority from Vatican’s Secretariat of State

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Pope Francis is removing the ability of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State to administer its own financial portfolio. This follows a major shake-up of authority among Vatican offices after a series of financial scandals that included the unusual resignation of a cardinal in September. In an Aug. 25 letter, made public by the Vatican Nov. Read more

Woman arrested in connection with the latest Vatican financial scandal

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A woman arrested on Tuesday in connection with the latest Vatican financial scandal is said to be one of the sacked Vatican Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s staff. Becciu, a former top Vatican official was fired last month by Pope Francis, who accused him of embezzlement and nepotism. Becciu has denied all wrongdoing. Cecilia Marogna (39) was Read more

Vatican prosecutors investigate lay secretariat official

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Vatican prosecutors are investigating a lay official who oversaw investments for the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. The investigation is probing the secretariat official’s appointment as a director of a company owned by the financier who brokered the deal for a London luxury apartment building. Vatican prosecutors are also continuing to look into suspicious financial transactions Read more

Vatican confirms ‘individual measures’ taken against staff in financial investigation

Monday, May 4th, 2020

The Vatican has announced that new “measures” have been taken against officials at the Vatican Secretariat of State as part of ongoing investigations into financial dealings at the curial department. In a statement sent to journalists April 30, Holy See press officer Matteo Bruni said that in response to “some questions from journalists,” he could Read more

Cardinal denies allegations of financial mismanagement

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Italian Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, rejects accusations of financial mismanagement that claim he “played and tampered with the money of the poor”. Nearly a month after private documents about a property deal involving the Vatican leaked to the press, Becciu explained his side of the story. The Peter’s Read more