Open Tabernacle (blog)
October 25, 2019
By Betty Clermont
Vatican police raided offices of the Secretariat of State and the Financial Information Authority, the Vatican’s financial “watchdog” agency, on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
“They seized documents, computers, telephones and passports and blocked bank accounts,” Edward Pentin reported.
Five employees were suspended, including a priest. The police issued a circular to all security personnel, including the Swiss Guards, that the four lay persons were banned from entering the Vatican City State. (The priest resides in the city.)
The circular had photographs of the five employees “designed in the manner of a ‘Wanted’ poster or mugshot.”
Two days later, “Pope Francis named a top anti-Mafia prosecutor, Giuseppe Pignatone, as president of the Vatican criminal court over the alleged financial wrongdoing.”
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