Pope tells Vatican staff to be especially honest, diligent
City State hit by scandal under Benedict XVI15 October, 13:30
The Argentine pope made the statement in a message to Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, the president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, following the appointment of the department's new secretary general, Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga. The latter part of the papacy of Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, was hit by the so-called Vatileaks scandal regarding the leaking of confidential Church documents to the media. The leaked documents included letters by the former secretary general of the Governorate, Carlo Maria Viganò, reporting on alleged corruption that may have cost the Vatican millions of euros in inflated procurement contracts.
"From the specific nature of the Holy See, which has a spiritual and pastoral mission for the Church of Rome and the Universal Church, derives the special responsibility of those who are linked to it by bonds of labour," said the message that was released Tuesday, "and the commitment to be scrupulously faithful to all the tasks and duties assigned with the industriousness, professionalism and honesty of life".
Last week Francis met Viganò, who is now the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.