Vatican intercepts handwritten letter to Pope containing three bullets ahead of trip to Budapest
Pope Francis was reportedly mailed three times on Monday, August 9, in a possible veiled threat linked to a scandal over Vatican finances.
The bullets were sent by courier, believed to have originated in France, according to Euro news. The package also reportedly contained a handwritten message regarding the Vatican’s financial operations, although it is not yet clear whether its nature or intent was to threaten or not.
The mystery note also did not specify which Vatican financial operations were referred to in the threatening message.
The envelope was addressed to “Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square, Rome” in ornate handwritten letters. The package was intercepted at a postal sorting center in Milan, according to the New York Daily News.
The Pope is due to travel to Budapest this week to meet with bishops, members of the World Council of Churches, as well as local Jewish communities, the Independent reported.
Last month, the Pope went under the knife for serious surgery to treat “symptomatic diverticular stenosis” in his colon. He fully recovered from the operation and resumed his daily duties.
The Vatican has gone through a big financial controversy this year with a cardinal and nine others indicted for an international financial scandal that could cost the Vatican millions, CNN reported.
The cardinal in question, Giovanni Angelo Becciu, was recently indicted for embezzlement, abuse of power and corruption, among others.
De facto replacement of the Vatican Secretariat of State, Becciu is accused of having used his power to enrich himself, which he vehemently denies, claiming to have served “with justice, loyalty and in the exclusive interest of the Saint. -Seat. “
The scandal includes the purchase and sale of an overpriced property in London in which the defendants were complicit in crimes, including counterfeiting and extortion. Becciu also reportedly used the charity’s money to invest in Angola’s fossil fuel industry, which could bring in up to $ 200 million.
The indictment also includes René Brulhart, the former chairman of the Vatican Financial Reporting Authority, and Tommaso di Ruzza, its former director.