VATICAN CITY (RNS) – The Vatican indicted ten former officials and business partners on Saturday (July 3), including a cardinal, in connection to a controversial investment in property in London that depleted the church’s finances and undermined its credibility.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who Pope Francis stripped of his cardinal rights and Vatican titles in September of last year, is being charged with bribery, abuse of office and embezzlement in collusion with foreign companies and financiers who are themselves accused of mishandling Vatican charitable funds.
The charges come two months after Francis issued a decree allowing cardinals to be tried by the Vatican’s tribunal. A preliminary hearing is set for July 27. The Vatican Secretariat of State will be a plaintiff in the proceedings.
“I am a victim of machinations orchestrated at my expense,” Becciu said through his legal team on Saturday, adding that he welcomed the trial to “prove to the…