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Cardinal Becciu Blames Pope for Vatican Corruption Scandal

The macro-litigation, which has been going on since July in the Vatican and in which a dozen people are involved in a corruption scandal, including for the first time in history a cardinal, opened a new and unexpected chapter this week. One of the main defendants in the case of the sale of luxury real estate and the creation of a diplomatic network parallel to that of the Holy See, including spies, involved the Pope himself in the conspiracy.

Francis was implicated by Cardinal Angelo Becciu in an alleged one million euro payment to al-Qaeda to secure the release of the religious Gloria Cecilia Narvaez, who was kidnapped in Mali for four years and released last October.

Becciu, released from papal secrecy by the Pope in order to be able to testify at the trial, claimed to have hired Cecilia Marogna, referred to by the Italian media as “Lady Becciu”, to negotiate the nun’s rescue. Marogna is also on trial for embezzlement, in particular for receiving 575,000 euros for secret brokering and spending on Chanel bags, among other things. It was she, says the deposed cardinal Bergoglio, who connected him with the British company The Inkerman Group, engaged in kidnappings.

“Each step was coordinated with the Holy Father”

“During one of the working audiences,” Becciu said in a 50-page “spontaneous statement,” I explained the matter to the Pope. He was glad that efforts had been made to free the nun. and he immediately realized the need not to expose the Vatican to unnecessary and even harmful publicity. He gave me permission to proceed, and when I asked him if I should speak to the commander of the gendarmerie, he said no, suggesting that I take personal responsibility for this initiative and adding that the matter should remain confidential between him and me. precisely in order to avoid leaking news and the aforementioned risks,” he said.

With purported papal approval, Bekcu met in London with three Inkerman employees, naming Marogna as an intermediary to avoid “the slightest suspicion of traceability” of the Vatican’s presence. The analyst collected the amount after the release of the nun. “In regards to the cost of the operation, Inkermann’s managers have informed me that they are unable to make a specific estimate, given the uncertainty of the upcoming actions, which may well be even higher than a million euros. (…). I assured them that I would respond to their availability as soon as I spoke to the right person, and naturally did not mention the Holy Father (…). I have to say that every step of this operation was coordinated with the Holy Father”, assured Becciu, who ended his speech with a curious expression: “How can it be that the person of the Holy Father was used to create an unprecedented scandal in the Church?”.

Around the Palace of London

Where Becciu was less forthright was the sale of London’s Sloan Avenue Palace, which caused the Holy See to lose €454 million from St. Peter’s Pension, a fund for churches around the world. on donations, so that the Pope directly fights world poverty, and this, before this scandal, was led by the Secretary of State. During the years that the alleged scam took place, Angelo Becciu was deputy (number two) of this Vatican body.

For Vatican prosecutors, Becciu and the other defendants made it possible to purchase the complex through the Athena Capital fund, which received up to seven proceeds of $200 million in pence. The Vatican justice propagandist (prosecutor) estimated that about 454 million euros were allocated in the London Palace alone according to “completely abnormal schemes”. Another fund, Centurion, based in Malta, was able to use nearly €71 million from the Vatican to invest in companies such as toy company Giochi Preziosi, to produce films such as Rocketman or Men in Black, or to acquire real estate. in Rome for 13 million euros under the false pretense that it was an investment by the Bambino Gesu Hospital.

As for the London building, prosecutors estimate that Bekcu may have been involved in two buyout offers for the building worth more than 350 million euros. Yes, the cardinal’s authorization to invest $200 million of St. Peter’s pence in the Athena fund seems proven “without a minimum of guarantees and, above all, without any control to prevent the donations of the faithful being paid for subsidizing”. charitable funds will be used to finance reckless speculative intrusions,” the prosecutor’s report said.

Similarly, Vatican prosecutors accuse Becci of making unfounded payments to several companies, including a brewery owned by one of his brothers. A mechanism similar to that used to help friends in the nunciature of Cuba or Angola, as well as some “scandalous” works in the nunciature of Egypt, was exhibited in the carpentry workshop of another brother Becciu. In his statement, the cardinal wanted to minimize the scandal, denied that the Pope had “doubts” about his participation in the purchase of the London palace, and Bergoglio described the punishment as alleged involvement of his brother in diverting funds for his business.

According to Becciu, the Pope told him that the Italian weekly was about to publish that his brother “had a hand” in managing the funds of the diocese on the island of Sardinia: “I confess that I am speechless that the accusation was so absurd and today’s facts,” recalled the cardinal, who elaborated that “out of the 125,000 euros that I allocated from the Secretary of State Caritas in Ozieri, 25,000 euros were used for equipment in the Cooperative’s oven and 100,000 euros remain in a bank account at the disposal of the bishop. So where did the money come from to enrich my family? This is an unfounded accusation. However, she was the mother of all my misfortunes!” The interrogation of the cardinal will continue on May 18 with questions from the prosecutor. Today, no one excludes that his defense is even thinking of turning to the Pope himself for a statement.

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