Arrested for embezzlement ‘the cardinal’s lady’

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He Vatican has stopped to businesswoman Cecilia Marogna, accused of embezzle in a diplomatic mission ordered by the Cardinal Angelo Becciu, destitute for him Pope Francisco for the irregularities committed when he was in charge of the Secretary of State.

The arrest occurred in the Italian city of Milan after the Holy See issued an international arrest warrant. The 39-year-old woman, known as “the cardinal’s lady”, was detained by the Guardia de Finanzas (Italian tax crime police) and will be extradited to the Vatican City State to remain at their disposal.

The authorities of the Holy See They must interrogate her to find out if she received from the powerful Cardinal Becciu the sum of 500.000 euros of funds when he was a substitute for the Secretary of State (2011-2018), nnumber three in the Vatican hierarchy.

Luxury articles

The supposed objective of this investment would be the creation of a parallel diplomatic network, although he ended up spending it on Luxury articles.

His arrest is part of the investigation into the cardinal, forced by Pope Francis to resign his post as prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints and the rights of the cardinal on September 24 for alleged irregularities in the management of funds of the Holy See.

The woman, a native of Sardinia, like Becciu, came into contact with the cardinal in 2015 presenting herself as expert in diplomacy and international relations. Thus, she offered to create a “parallel diplomatic network in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East,” as she herself has told The Corriere della Sera, to protect the nunciatures and diplomatic headquarters of the Holy See in those areas from terrorists.

On whether he spent that money on Luxury articles such as clothing, jewelry or cosmetics, he alleged: “Perhaps the bag was for the wife of a Nigerian friend who was able to speak with the president of Burkina Faso to monitor the risks and dangers of the Vatican nunciatures.”

Building in london

The case of the “lady of the cardinal” is a new episode in the scandal that has plagued Becciu, on which the irregular purchase of a building in London which ended up generating a hole of 400 million euros in the Vatican accounts.

But it has also transpired that the cardinal supposedly sent funds from the Italian Episcopal Conference and once from the Óbolo di San Pedro, the institution that collects collections for the Pope’s mission, to Caritas of Sardinia to be used in favor of a cooperative company owned by his brother Tonino.

Becciu He explained that the Pope withdrew him because the magistrates accused him of embezzlement, but he, although confirming that he sent the funds to Caritas, explained that he did not see anything wrong with it.

It is also attributed a transfer of 700,000 euros to a bank account in Australia, money that could be used during the trial for sexual abuse faced by Australian Cardinal George Pell, with whom he maintains strong differences.

The Italian media speculate that this money could have been used to pay witnesses against Pell, former Vatican Minister of Economy and that he was finally acquitted.

Last october 8 Becciu he broke his silence and, through his lawyer, denied having carried out “any illicit activity” and expressed his desire to soon show his loyalty to the pontiff.

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