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Former curial officer barred from Vatican amid financial questions

July 04, 2011

A former Vatican official who frequently solicited loans—allegedly for charity—and did not repay them has quietly been banned from the Vatican territory.

Msgr. Gianni Sonda, who was once chief aide to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the now-retired prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, is now persona non grata at the Vatican. Although Vatican officials are evidently reluctant to bring criminal charges, the Swiss Guard have been instructed not to allow Msgr. Sonda--who earned the nickname "Monsignor Loan" because he regularly sought funds, claiming that he was helping various charitable causes--through the gates that separate the Vatican from the city of Rome.


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