Vatican City, May 5, 2021 / 08:05 am
The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has confirmed a former management consultant as the Vatican’s auditor general.
The Holy See press office said May 5 that the pope had named Alessandro Cassinis Righini, who has served as acting auditor general since June 2017, to the role.
On his publicly accessible LinkedIn page, the auditor general lists the start date of his new position as March 2021.
He succeeds Libero Milone, who served as auditor general from 2015 to 2017.
Milone was dismissed just two years into a five-year mandate after being hired as the Vatican’s first auditor general in a move to introduce more financial transparency in the Vatican City State.
Three months after stepping down, Milone claimed that he was “threatened” into resignation by an “old guard” opposed to his work.
Although he declined to give details due to non-disclosure agreements, he claimed that he had been targeted after launching an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving an Italian cardinal.
Describing his version of the events that led up to his resignation, Milone said that he was called to the office of Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, then a senior official at the Vatican Secretary of State, on June 19, 2017, and told that the pope had lost faith in him and requested his resignation.