Vat­i­can to try ex-ex­ecs over cash mis­use

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — Vat­i­can pros­e­cu­tors have in­dicted the former pres­i­dent and the ex-trea­surer of the Vat­i­can’s chil­dren’s hospi­tal over ac­cu­sa­tions of di­vert­ing money from the hospi­tal’s fundrais­ing foun­da­tion to pay for the ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion of a top car­di­nal’s apart­ment.

The in­dict­ment re­leased Thurs­day or­ders Giuseppe Profiti and Mas­simo Spina to stand trial in the Vat­i­can tri­bunal start­ing Tues­day.

The in­dict­ment ac­cuses the two of us­ing $481,000 from Bam­bino Gesu Pe­di­atric Hospi­tal’s fundrais­ing foun­da­tion to pay for ren­o­va­tions on Car­di­nal Tar­ci­sio Ber­tone’s pen­t­house apart­ment start­ing in 2013, when he re­tired as Vat­i­can sec­re­tary of state.

Profiti has ad­mit­ted to the pay­ment, but he said it was an in­vest­ment so the foun­da­tion could use the apart­ment for fundrais­ing events.

Ber­tone, who had ap­pointed Profiti as pres­i­dent of the hospi­tal in 2008, de­nied knowl­edge of the pay­ment and said he had paid for the ren­o­va­tions out of his own pocket.

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