What’s next in the Vatican’s trial of Cardinal Becciu

Where are we now?

The historic trial has centered on what happened in and around the Secretariat of State’s 350 million-euro purchase of an investment property in London between 2014 and 2018.

The Vatican maintains that the deal was problematic and designed to defraud the Secretariat of State, the powerful curial department at the center of the investigation of financial malfeasance, of millions of euros.

The defendants in the trial have been adamant their actions were above board and that Vatican authorities were in the know.

Becciu, who used to work as the second-ranking official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, has been charged with embezzlement, abuse of office, conspiracy, and witness tampering. Prosecutors have asked for a prison sentence of seven years and three months, a fine of 10,329 euros ($11,236), and a ban from holding public office.

The cardinal has always denied all wrongdoing and claims the financial deal was managed by his successor at the Secretariat of State, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra.

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