Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 07:00 am
Vatican prosecutors have requested evidence from Rome in an ongoing investigation into allegations that Cardinal Angelo Becciu used Secretariat of State funds to help family members, according to an Italian newspaper.
La Repubblica reported Friday that Vatican prosecutors have sent letters rogatory to Rome's public prosecutor's office as they investigate claims that Becciu used his position to give money to companies owned by several of his brothers. Letters rogatory are a formal request from courts in one country to the courts of another country for judicial assistance.
The Italian cardinal has insisted that the accusations that he misused Vatican funds to benefit his brothers are false.
Becciu resigned as prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals Sept. 24, reportedly in relation to concerns about his management of Vatican financial affairs, including the controversial purchase of a London apartment.