- Bird flu pandemic alert: Virus could soon be passed from human to human, warns Cambridge professor
- Plague found in ground squirrel near Boise
- George W. Bush reportedly offered to officiate same-sex wedding
- Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse
- Beijing warns US: ‘We will fight back’ as battle of words escalates over South China Sea
- China releases ‘active defence’ military strategy, warns those ‘meddling’ in the South China Sea
- Russia and NATO stage rival air combat exercises
- PLA Navy will have 415 warships in near future: US expert
Priest at center of Vatican money scandal insists he ‘never stole’ in letter to Pope
The priest at the centre of a Vatican money scandal has written to Pope Francis proclaiming his innocence and accusing cardinals of covering up abuse inside the Holy See.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was arrested in Rome last month over allegations he conspired with a former Italian spy and a financial broker to smuggle £17 million from Switzerland on a private jet.
The 61-year-old prelate worked for APSA, the body responsible for administering Vatican property, and his two accounts at the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute of Religious Works (IOR), have now been frozen.
Monsignor Scarano is the subject of two inquiries in Rome and Salerno, his home city, and remains in custody after authorities rejected his requests to be released on bail.
In a lengthy letter to Pope Francis published by Italian media on Thursday, the prelate said documents he possessed would prove his honesty.
“I never laundered dirty money, I never stole. I was looking to help those who asked for help,” Monsignor Scarano said in the letter, which was written from his cell at the Regina Coeli prison in Rome on July 20.