Pope admits corruption in Vatican too

Francis says graft is 'everywhere'

(ANSA) - Nairobi, November 27 - Pope Francis on Friday admitted that the Holy See was not immune from the plague of graft. "Corruption is in all the institutions, corruption is everywhere, there's corruption in the Vatican too," the pope said in response to a question from a young person during a meeting at a stadium in Nairobi. The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly spoken against against corruption, including within the Church, since being elected the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics in 2013.
    The Vatican administration and its bank have been hit by several scandals in recent years.
    This month it was hit by the so-called VatiLeaks 2 scandal and the related publication of two books using leaked Holy See papers documenting alleged waste, mismanagement and lavish spending by clergymen.
    Among the cases to hit the headlines was the 2013 arrest of prelate Monsignor Nunzio Scarano.
    Scarano, the former head of analytic accounts at the Holy See's asset-management agency APSA, is suspected involvement in the laundering money through accounts at the Vatican Bank and of trying to illegally smuggle 20 million euros into Italy for rich friends.
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