Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Pope says 'gay scandal' at Vatican Bank unfounded

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Rome, July 29 - Pope Francis on Monday discredited
reports of there being a gay prelate with "a scandalous past" at
the Vatican Bank.
"With regard to Monsignor Battista Ricca, I followed canon
law and performed (an investigation known as) investigatio
previa, and it uncovered nothing for which he's accused, we
haven't found anything," the pontiff told journalists en route
to Rome after a week-long visit in Brazil.
Earlier this month the Italian weekly L'Espresso reported
that Ricca, who was recently appointed to an office at the bank
by Pope Francis, scandalized priests and nuns at the Vatican
embassy in Uruguay with his amorous conduct involving a Swiss
army captain from 1999 to 2001.
Before his promotion to the Vatican Bank, which is formally
known as the Institute for Religious Works, Ricca was in charge
of Saint Martha's House, the Vatican dormitory used by staff and
visitors and, since his election in March, the pope, who has
eschewed the papal apartments.

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