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Trial for Vatican monsignor in financial scandal set to begin December 3

Catholic World News - September 20, 2013

A suspended Vatican official will go on trial December 3 for attempting to bring €20 million into Italy illegally, the Reuters news service reports.

Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, a former director of accounting for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, is also under investigation for separate money-laundering charges. He was suspended from his Vatican post when those charges came to light.

Msgr. Scarano has said that he was transferring funds on behalf of friends. He has reportedly testified that he provided secret financial services for favored clients, but claims that these accounts were approved by his Vatican superiors.

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