Vatican: Holy See to cooperate with Italy in bank probe


Vatican City, 28 June (AKI) – The Holy See on Friday said it would “cooperate fully” with Italian investigators after the arrest of senior cleric on suspicion of fraud and graft amid a wider probe into the Vatican Bank.

“The Holy See has not received any request by Italian authorities in this case, but it confirms it is willing to cooperate fully,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement.

Lombardi said the body which oversees the Vatican’s financial institutions was also across the case of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a Vatican accountant arrested on Friday for suspected fraud, corruption and slander.

“The Financial Information Authority (Ais) is following this problem and will take any necessary action within its remit,” Lombardi stated.

He noted that Scarano was suspended last month from his post with the Vatican’s Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (Apsa), which manages the Vatican’s portfolio of assets including its real estate.

As a Vatican employee, Scarano was eligible to hold an account at the Vatican Bank, which Pope Francis on Wednesday put under investigation amid several money-laundering scandals.

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