Last week, Pope Francis forced the resignation of Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a prominent member of the church hierarchy and close adviser to the prelate.
The former No 2 at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, which manages the church’s vast donations, has been accused of siphoning off funds destined for the poor to family members — a charge he denies.
Becciu has been linked in particular to a controversial luxury property investment deal in London, with at least some of the money used reportedly coming from the annual Peter’s Pence collection for the poor.
It is not the only financial scandal to have dogged the Vatican in recent years: in 2017, the ex-head of a Vatican-run hospital was convicted of funneling a fortune from a foundation to renovate a cardinal’s apartment.
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