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Pope Names Anti-Mafia Prosecutor to Court as Scandal Swirls

Thursday, 03 October 2019 09:39 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, just days after a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See.

The appointment Thursday of Giuseppe Pignatone came two days after Vatican police raided the Apostolic Palace and seized documents and computers from the secretariat of state. Also searched were the offices of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency, which is tasked with flagging possible money laundering and other suspicious financial transactions.

The Vatican press office declined to comment further on the raids, saying only that they were based on a report from the Vatican bank and auditor general’s office about past financial operations.

L’Espresso magazine said the transactions concerned the Vatican’s London real estate holdings.

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