Was Becciu the Peter’s Pence ‘Fall Guy’ for Parolin and Francis?

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the disgraced former sostituto at the Secretariat of State, has said he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice in the Vatican City legal process which convicted him of financial crimes and sentenced him to more than five years in prison.

Becciu was convicted in December last year of multiple financial crimes, following a two and a half year trial.

In a new interview the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, published Sunday, the cardinal insisted that his conviction is an injustice that “cries to heaven for vengeance” and said that while he had become a public “leper” during the trial, he had actually received private assurances of support from other cardinals.

Becciu also discussed his controversial and illegal taping of a private phone call with Pope Francis during the trial, which he called an act of “desperation.”

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