Cardinal Angelo Becciu said Wednesday that he is blameless in the forced resignation of a Vatican auditor, because it came at Pope Francis’ request.
Cardinal Becciu was said to be responsible for the sudden firing in 2017 of the Vatican’s first auditor general, Libero Milone, as well as the cancelation of an internal audit.
But during a May 18 hearing in the Vatican’s finance trial, Cardinal Becciu denied this, stating that in June 2017, Pope Francis called him to a meeting in his Santa Marta residence, where he claimed that he longer had trust in Milone, and therefore wanted Cardinal Becciu to call the auditor and tell him he must resign.
According to Cardinal Becciu, the Pope also expressed regret for entrusting the then-sostituto of the Secretariat of State with “these thankless tasks.”
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