- Aug 9, 2020
An Italian broker who was arrested for his involvement in the questionable majority stake purchase of a property in London by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State was granted a conditional release after 10 days in a Vatican jail cell.
Pope Francis updated the laws that govern the Vatican judicial system in an effort to establish greater transparency and independence, particularly in financial and criminal matters.
The decade-long process of updating the laws of Vatican City State is part of the Vatican’s support for international commitments to protect people and safeguard vulnerable groups, who are “frequently the victims of new, odious forms of illegality,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis named one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal Thursday, just days after a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See.
A Vatican court has indicted on child pornography possession charges a diplomat recalled from Washington last year amid ongoing investigations in three jurisdictions.
The former president of the Vatican bank has gone on trial on charges he and his lawyer embezzled $68 million from Vatican real estate sales, the latest effort by Vatican prosecutors to prosecute shady financial deals.