ROME, July 1 (Reuters) – To most people, a book is a book.
But to Monsignor Nunizio Scarano, a Vatican official arrested on
charges of money smuggling, a “book” was a code word for one
million euros in cash, a report by the judge on the case said.
“Encyclopaedia,” and “bookmarks” were among other code words
that Scarano, who had close connections to the Vatican bank,
used in phone conversations with secret service agent Giovanni
Zito and broker Giovanni Carenzio, it said.
VATICAN CITY, June 30 (Reuters) – A senior Catholic cleric
arrested in a plot to smuggle tens of millions of dollars into
Italy controlled vast amounts of money and felt he could act
with impunity because of his connections to the Vatican bank,
according to a judge’s investigative document.
In the latest blow to the Vatican’s image, Monsignor Nunzio
Scarano, 61, was arrested on Friday along with an Italian secret
service agent and a financial broker.
ROME (Reuters) – A senior Catholic cleric with connections to the Vatican bank was arrested on Friday for plotting to help rich friends smuggle tens of millions of euros in cash into Italy from Switzerland, in the latest blow to the Vatican’s image.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, who worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican’s financial administration, was arrested along with an Italian secret service agent and a financial intermediary in a tale that reads like a spy novel.
ROME (Reuters) – A senior Vatican cleric suspected of trying to help rich friends bring millions of euros into Italy illegally was arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into the Vatican bank, police sources and his lawyer said.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican’s financial administration and is already involved in another investigation by magistrates in southern Italy.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday set up a special commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank, his boldest move yet to get to grips with an institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.
The high-powered, five-member panel, which includes four prelates and a woman Harvard law professor, will report directly to him, bypassing the Vatican bureaucracy that itself has sometimes been tainted by allegations of scandal and corruption.
A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.
The Vatican newspaper said on Saturday a decision by scholars to brand a wartime Italian previously praised for saving Jews as a Nazi collaborator was part of an attempt to smear the Catholic Church during the papacy of Pope Pius XII.
A last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert where he was to have been the guest of honor has sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert where he was to have been the guest of honor has sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life.
The gala classical concert on Saturday was scheduled before his election in March. But the white papal armchair set up in the presumption that he would be there remained empty.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Don’t even think of calling Ernst von Freyberg, the president of the Vatican bank, God’s New Banker.
“I don’t appreciate incorrect and silly descriptions,” he said with a smile in his Vatican office, shrugging off a nickname that some have given him since he assumed his post four months ago.