Vatican City, Oct 20, 2019 / 15:33 pm
A confidential report from the Vatican's anti-corruption authority shows that the Secretariat of State has used about $725 million, most of which came from the pope's charity fund, in off-books operations.
Italian weekly L'Espresso published a report Oct. 20, revealing information from three confidential Vatican documents, one of which is a report from the pope's anti-corruption authority, called the Office of the General Auditor, claiming to have found serious financial crimes and corruption within the Secretariat of State.
The documents, L'Espresso reported, detail the use and management of extra-budgetary funds by the Secretariat of State, "deriving in large part from the donations received by the Holy Father for charitable works and for the sustenance of the Roman Curia."
At least most of the money was drawn from Peter's Pence, the annual collection through which Catholics are invited to support the charitable activities of the pope.