Vatican City, Mar 20, 2021 / 10:15 am
The Vatican announced Saturday it had appointed the former commander general of Italy’s financial police force as president of the foundation overseeing a scandal-ridden dermatological hospital in Rome.
Saverio Capolupo, 70, served from 2012 to 2016 as the commander general of the Guardia di Finanza, a militarized police force responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling.
Capolupo is now a member of the Council of State, which ensures the legality of Italy’s public administration.
The Vatican named him president of the board of directors of the Luigi Maria Monti Foundation, which owns and manages Rome's Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata, or IDI, along with other health structures.
Capolupo succeeds Fr. Giuseppe Pusceddu, superior of the Italian province of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception, who was appointed interim president of the foundation last year.
Pusceddu’s appointment in November 2020 marked the first time the foundation’s leadership has been returned to a member of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception since Benedict XVI appointed a Vatican commissioner to look into the hospital’s finances in 2013.
The Vatican’s March 20 statement about Capolupo’s appointment said “the Holy See continues to show its closeness and support to the Foundation and its works, which perpetuate the legacy of Fr. Monti through the prompt care of the suffering and fraternal attention to their needs.”
The IDI has been plagued by problems for a decade. After years of systematic theft and fraud by hospital administrators, leaving the hospital with 800 million euros in debt, it was declared bankrupt in 2012.