Earlier this month, it was reported that Cecilia Marogna had received more than 500,000 euros from the Holy See’s Secretariat of State under the direction of its former sostituto Cardinal Angelo Becciu.
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An Italian newspaper speculated that the transfer of funds from Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s department was used to bribe false witnesses in the trial of Cardinal George Pell.
The commission is responsible for monitoring those financial transactions which, mainly for reasons of security, are not subject to Pope Francis’ new anti-corruption norms.
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Details of the suits had not previously been made public, but on Sept. 15, a news outlet reported that Mincione is seeking declaratory relief from the court, asking that a judge rule he did not behave improperly in his dealings with the Vatican.
Cardinal Pell spent 13 months in solitary confinement, during which time he was not permitted to celebrate Mass.
Last month, Gianluigi Torzi was arrested by the Vatican and charged with a range of financial crimes. The following day, Vatican-state media accused Raffaele Mincione of a “conflict of interest” in his management of investments for the Secretariat of State.
The papal document aims to promote ‘faithful and honest administration’ with respect to public contracts, an area of Vatican finances that has previously involved problematic practices.