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It should only be a sim­ple search of the of­fices of fas­cist fi­nancier Li­cio Gelli. How­ever, when it fell into the hands of de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Sin­dona af­fair (see left), none of them could be­lieve their eyes. It was a list of 962 high-rank­ing mem­bers of a ma­sonic ca­bal known as Pro­pa­ganda Due (P2) that se­cretly ruled Italy. The dif­fer­ence from other lodges: P2 was ex­clu­sively po­lit­i­cal. Its goal was an au­thor­i­tar­ian state – and the ab­so­lute rule by a pow­er­ful few. Its modus operandi in­cluded bomb­ings, for which left-wing groups were blamed.

Nearly 1,000 mem­bers from the world of pol­i­tics and busi­ness be­longed to P2 – among them Italy’s fu­ture leader Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni. The CIA also sup­ported the lodge and gave it $10 mil­lion an­nu­ally. Fur­ther­more, 121 mem­bers of the Church were in­volved – even though be­ing a mem­ber of a ma­sonic lodge was pun­ish­able by ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The 121 Church rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the se­cret so­ci­ety in­cluded all of the lead­ers of the Vat­i­can Bank – plus its main ad­vi­sor and fi­nan­cial man­ager, mafia man Michele Sin­dona and his suc­ces­sor Roberto Calvi, known as “God’s banker”.

This un­holy trin­ity of the Vat­i­can bank, the CIA and the mafia im­ploded when P2 was ex­posed in 1981 and the pub­lic found out for the first time that a se­cret so­ci­ety ruled them. P2 was made il­le­gal. How­ever, the Vat­i­can bank didn’t have to fear any con­se­quences – it even sur­vived a re­bel­lious pope…

HEAD­QUAR­TERS The Vat­i­can bank is lo­cated in the Tower of Ni­cholas V.

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