Two former top Vatican officials were in court Tuesday on allegations they spent nearly $500,000 raised for a children’s hospital on an apartment renovation for a cardinal.
Catholic News Service reported that Giuseppe Profiti, who was president of Bambino Gesu hospital from 2008 to 2015, and Massimo Spina, the former treasurer, attended a nearly two-hour preliminary hearing before a Vatican court, facing allegations of embezzlement.
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The indictment stated that Profiti and Spina extracted more than 420,000 euros for “completely non-institutional ends” to refurbish the apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Vatican secretary of state.
If found guilty, Profiti and Spina could serve between three and five years in prison, and face fines of over $5,000.
Two former top Vatican officials appeared in court Tuesday on allegations they spent nearly $500,000 raised for a children’s hospital on an apartment renovation for a cardinal.
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