Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu on Friday claimed that Pope Francis pressured him to resign.
He mentioned the Catholic Church chief accused him of utilizing Vatican cash to assist his relations.
Becciu, 72, left high place in Vatican’s sainthood circumstances division on Thursday.
The previous official not has cardinal privileges, together with participation in papal elections.
“The Holy Father defined to me that I supposedly favoured my brothers and their actions with cash from the Secretariat of State, however I can clarify,” Becciu instructed Domani.
Domani, La Repubblica, and different papers report that he gave at the least $700,000 to a meals charity cooperative run by his brother.
“I can affirm, it’s all accounted for. What’s mistaken with that?” Becciu requested.
Additionally, the cardinal allegedly secured contracts price “a whole lot of hundreds of Euros” for a corporation run by one other brother, who provides doorways and home windows.
“I’ve not stolen a single euro. I don’t know if I’m underneath investigation, but when they’ll ship me to trial, I’ll defend myself,” he mentioned.