Roman Prosecutor Also Investigating Becciu for Embezzlement
Angelo Beccciu, still as Curia Archbishop and substitute, with Pope Francis.
(Rome) Cardinal Angelo Becciu until a month ago, Prefect of Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Roman Curia, was registered by the Rome Public Prosecutor in the investigation register. The suspicion is embezzlement.
The move is a result of legal assistance solicitation of the Vatican's prosecutors to proceed against Cardinal Becciu for unlawful financial transactions, the investigation concerning each time when he was until 2018 a substitute in the Vatican Secretariat of State.
The investigation was opened by the Italian public prosecutor's office in Rome because Becciu is accused of diverting 700,000 euros from the Vatican coffers to his brothers. He tried to hide this flow of money behind bogus operations. The money originated directly from the Peter's Pence to finance the annual collection from the faithful around the world for the Pope for administration and charitable works.
The findings so far coincide with the confession of Mgr. Alberto Perlasca, an employee of the Vatican State Secretariat, who had received the relevant transfer orders from Becciu, his superior at the time.
From 2013, the money went to the Spes cooperative in Ozieri in Sardinia, which is run by Beccius' brother and is connected to the local Caritas. However, it was not used for charitable or humanitarian purposes, but for an expansion and modernization of the cooperative headquarters. Money also went for the carpentry company of a second brother and to a company selling beer for a third brother who is a professor of psychology at a Catholic university in Rome.
As part of the legal aid agreement, the Rome prosecutor is also investigating an investor and a financial broker who helped Becciu with property purchases in London worth 350 million euros from Vatican treasuries.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Image: Vatican.va (screenshot)