Cardinal Angelo Becciu defends financial aid given to a cooperative run by his brother in Sardinia.
After the February 18 hearing concerning the purchase of a London building and other alleged irregularities, Cardinal Angelo Becciu commented to the media on the recent searches conducted by Italian authorities at the request of the Holy See in the archdiocese of Ozieri and at a cooperative run by his brother in Sardinia. The search, which took place on January 15, “greatly distressed” him, Cardinal Becciu said. It was a “humiliation” for his home diocese.
Cardinal Becciu said he was “proud” to have helped the cooperative run by one of his brothers, pointing out that it employed “60 young men and women who, as the Pope calls them, are the throwaways of society,” including former drug addicts and prisoners. He categorically denied having obtained aid to “favor my family members.”