Italian Cardinal, Angelo Becciu opens up on his resignation, says Pope forced him

Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu resigned on Thursday over an alleged diversion of Secretariat fund to his family
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Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu on Friday said his surprise resignation was forced by Pope Francis, who accused him of using Vatican money to help his siblings.

Becciu, 72, left a top position in Vatican’s sainthood cases department on Thursday. The former official no longer has cardinal privileges, including participation in papal elections.

“The Holy Father explained to me that I supposedly favoured my brothers and their activities with money from the Secretariat of State, but I can explain,” Becciu told Domani, an Italian newspaper.

According to Domani and La Repubblica Newspaper, Becciu gave no less than 600,000 Euros to a food charity cooperative run by his brother in his native Sardinia.

Cardinal Becciu never denied the assertion but said ''I can confirm, it’s all accounted for. What’s wrong with that?” indicating that the money was paid to the local branch of Catholic charity.

The cardinal also allegedly secured contracts worth “hundreds of thousands of Euros” for a company run by another of his brothers, who supplies doors and windows.

The company worked for the Vatican embassy in Egypt and also for the one in Cuba when Becciu was ambassador there.

The cardinal also confirmed it to Domani Paper.

“I have not stolen a single euro. I don’t know if I am under investigation, but they are going to send me to trial, I will defend myself.''

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