Cardinal Angelo Becciù, one of 10 defendants, was accompanied by his former secretary, Msgr. Mauro Carlino, who is also being tried, for the eight-hour hearing Tuesday.
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Vatican trial over failed London property deal to begin July 27.
Among those to be tried are several employees of the Secretariat of State.
Vatican Cardinal Becciu Investigation: Searches Carried Out at Sardinian Diocese, Social Cooperative
Rome prosecutor Maria Teresa Gerace is reported to have ordered the searches at the request of Vatican prosecutors.
The most dramatic accusations leveled against Cardinal Becciu have yet to be tested in a court, either in the Vatican or in Italy, and supporters of the cardinal have mounted a determined media defense, attempting to paint Cardinal Becciu’s fall from grace as a sinister plot against him, the pope, and against the Church itself.
Marogna has been accused of aggravated embezzlement of Vatican funds for payments of more than 500,000 euros she received from the Secretariat of State through her Slovenia-registered company in 2018 and 2019.
An Italian newspaper first reported Oct. 2 that an alleged money transfer was part of a dossier of evidence being compiled by Vatican investigators and prosecutors against Cardinal Becciu, who was forced to resign by Pope Francis on Sept. 24,
Cardinal Becciu’s latest denial comes after speculative reports in Italian newspapers earlier this month indicated he had been accused of wiring money from an undisclosed Vatican account to Australia while Pell was facing a 2018 criminal trial.