Probe of two Ex-Officials Confirmed at Vatican-Owned Hospital

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:16 AM

The Vatican statement confirmed a report in Espresso magazine that Giuseppe Profiti, the Bambino Gesu hospital'south former president, and Massimo Spina, its ex-treasurer, were below investigation.

The Vatican said Thursday that its prosecutor is investigating two former executive of a Vatican-owned children'south hospital over renovations at the penthouse apt of the city-state'south former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

The Vatican statement confirmed a report in Espresso magazine that Giuseppe Profiti, the Bambino Gesu hospital'south former president, and Massimo Spina, its ex-treasurer, were below investigation. The Vatican said the investigation was ongoing but didn't declare when it began.

The report by journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, among five defendants on trial at the Vatican in a leaked documents case, said the renovations totaled 422.000 euros ($480.000) — more than twice the 200.000-euro sum that Fittipaldi revealed previously in a book that led to the leaked document charges.

Bertone has repeatedly denied that he authorized or solicited any such payments related to the apartment, a position reiterated by his lawyer, Michele Gentiloni Silverj, in a statement after Espresso'south report appeared on its website. Bertone himself isn't under investigation.

Silverj said that a letter that Profiti sent to Bertone on Nov. eight, two thousand thirteen, which was posted with the article on Espresso'south website, "totally confirms the veracity" of Bertone'south version of events, while Bertone'south reply, the lawyer said, makes clear the cardinal'south intention was that nothing be charged to the hospital's foundation.

In the letter, Bertone said the funding would be made available by unnamed third parties, and not fall to the hospital foundation.

Bertone, who's insisted he paid for the renovations himself, has already sought to create amends with a 150.000-euro donation to the hospital for medical research. Bertone has stressed the donation was voluntary and not a repayment.

Bertone was previously the secretary of state, the Vatican'south No. two official, below Pope Benedict XVI and for the first months of Francis' papacy. Now eighty-one, he number longer holds any top Vatican post.

The trial against Fittipaldi, another journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, two former executive of a papal reform commission and another defendant is set to resume next week.

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