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Vatican: Bertone comments on 'VatiLeaks' scandal

Leaked documents not trustworthy, says Secretary of State

29 February, 16:06
Vatican: Bertone comments on 'VatiLeaks' scandal (ANSA) - Rome, February 29 - Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone commented Wednesday on a number of leaked documents from the Holy See's inner circle. At a Rome exhibition on historic Church manuscripts, Bertone told reporters that "these were the documents to look at and to show, which smack of historical truth". When asked if the veracity of the museum documents contrasted with the alleged falsity of the leaks, he said, "You know that's the case. You are well informed". Bertone has been at the center of a scandal dubbed 'VatiLeaks' by Italian media, which in January released leaked confidential documents denouncing alleged financial corruption at the Holy See.

Vatican insiders have said the leaks likely stem from a clash of cardinals in the Curia, which the Vatican denies. The first leaks were broadcast on Italian TV station La7 on January 25 when presenters on the investigative program Gli Intoccabili (The Untouchables) cited a letter from a former Church official accusing members of the Vatican's Finance and Management Committee of serving their own greed.

"The group is composed of some large bankers who do more to serve their own interests than ours," said Bishop Carlo Maria Vigano', ex-secretary general of the committee, in a letter to the pope.

The letter cites an instance in 2009 in which members allegedly improperly processed $2.5 million.

The Vatican threatened to sue over the broadcast. E-mails and other documents from Vatican officials followed, including a report that appeared in political daily Il Fatto Quotidiano about a plot to assassinate the pope before the end of 2012, and another on La7 accusing the Church of not cooperating with investigators in the 1982 fraudulent bankruptcy of Banco Ambrosiano.

Then Italy's largest bank, Banco Ambrosiano was run by Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, whose body was found hanging under London's Blackfriars Bridge that year.

Italian prosecutors say Calvi was killed for failing to repay Mafia money and his murder was staged to make it look like suicide.

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