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Cardinal Becciu Reportedly Stole Vatican Funds to Bribe Witnesses in Case Against George Pell

A senior Catholic cardinal has been accused of using €700,000 in Vatican funds to bribe witnesses to secure a sex abuse conviction against a rival.

Italian media have reported that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 72, is suspected of wiring the cash to recipients in Australia who helped ensure hostile testimony in the abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell, who was accused of molesting choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

Before he was ordered to face trial Australia in 2017, jailed, then acquitted on appeal, Cardinal Pell, 79, served as finance minister at the Vatican, where his attempts to clean up opaque accounting were opposed by Cardinal Becciu.

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