- May 28, 2020
Two former officials of the papally-sponsored pediatric hospital Bambino Gesù have been charged by Vatican prosecutors with misappropriation of funds over an outlay of almost $500,000 to remodel a Vatican apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Secretary of State under Pope Benedict XVI, with the contract going to a company owned by a Bertone friend. Bertone himself does not face any charges.
In her new book “Nel Nome di Pietro” (“In the Name of Peter”), Vatileaks 2.0 defendant Francesca Chaouqui provides few new revelations of Vatican financial scandals, instead trying to reframe her own image from femme fatale to idealistic reformer who ran afoul of powerful vested interests.
In a gesture of mercy shortly before Christmas, Pope Francis has agreed to grant the lone defendant in the “Vatileaks 2.0” trial sentenced to jail a form of “conditional freedom,” allowing him to exit Vatican custody after serving roughly half of an 18-month term.
A Vatican court has sentenced a Spanish monsignor to 18 months in prison for “Vatileaks 2.0,” given a former female member of a papal commission who gave birth during the trial a 10-month suspended sentence, absolved an Italian layman, and declared it lacks jurisdiction over two Italian journalists.
An Italian laywoman and PR expert named Francesca Chaouqui has been flagged by Vatican prosecutors as the “inspirer” of the leak and publication of secret documents on Vatican finances, and they’re recommending the harshest sentence for her in the “Vatileaks 2.0” trial — three years and nine months behind bars.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s trial over leaked documents has taken a complicated but expected turn with the birth of a baby named Pietro. Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations expert and member of a papal reform commission, gave birth Tuesday just as the trial in which she is a defendant