Thursday 29th of July 2021

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The Vatican has set the trial date for 10 people, including Cardinal Angelo Becciu, on charges related to the Holy See's 350 million euro investment in a luxury London real estate venture. 

The 487-page indictment request caps a two-year investigation exposing how the Vatican lost millions of euros — much of it donations from the faithful — in fees to brokers, bad investments and other questionable expenses.

Beyond that, prosecutors allege the defendants were variously involved in extortion, embezzlement, abuse of office and corruption for swindling millions of euros from the Holy See in fees, bad investments and other losses related to financial dealings. The suspects have denied wrongdoing.

The scandal has resulted in a sharp reduction in donations and prompted Pope Francis to strip the Secretariat of State of its ability to manage money.

Here is the breakdown of the case, the accusations and some of the key players in the trial, which is set to open on July 27.

Holy See hoodwinked by broker, prosecutors say

The Vatican's Secretariat of State decided in 2013 to invest an initial 200 million euros in a fund operated by Italian businessman Raffaele Mincione, with half the money put into the London building, half in other investments.


By 2018, Mr Mincione's fund, Athena Capital, had lost 18 million euros from the Vatican's original investment, prosecutors say, prompting the Vatican to seek an exit strategy while still retaining its stake in the building in London's swanky Chelsea neighbourhood.

Enter Gianluigi Torzi, another broker, who helped arrange a 40 million euro payout by the Vatican to Mr Mincione for the shares in the building that the Holy See didn't already have.

But prosecutors say Mr Torzi then hoodwinked the Holy See.

Rather than creating a company to manage the building that was controlled by the Vatican, Mr Torzi inserted a clause into the contract giving him full voting rights in the deal, they allege.

Prosecutors say Mr Torzi then extorted the Vatican for 15 million euros to take control of the building.

Mr Torzi has said the charges are a misunderstanding.


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the goalie is sick...

Pope Francis has been admitted to hospital in Rome for scheduled surgery to treat a colon problem.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said there would be more information after the surgery had taken place at the Gemelli University Hospital.

Earlier on Sunday, the 84-year-old Argentine Pope addressed thousands of visitors in St Peter's Square.

This is the first time the pontiff has been admitted to hospital since his election in 2013.

In its statement, the Vatican said he was being treated for "symptomatic diverticular stenosis" of the colon.

Diverticular disease is a condition that involves bulges in the wall of the large intestine. This can lead to a narrowing, of the colon.


Symptoms include bloating, recurrent abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits.

During his Sunday's blessing in St Peter's Square, the Pope announced that he would go to Slovakia in September after celebrating Mass in Budapest, the capital of neighbouring Hungary.

Born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Francis lost part of his right lung at the age of 21. 

He also suffers from a hip problem and sciatica, which causes pain that radiates from the lower back to the legs.

In 2014, he had to cancel a number of engagements because of a reported stomach ailment.


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evangelical football...


I saw this weird cartoon at CP, under the heading "With Christ, you're still in the game!"


It's a cartoon by Rod Anderson, the CP Cartoonist. It is explained with the usual garbage about   "upsets that don’t just happen in sports, they happen in all aspects of life". Of course we did not know this, did we?.


"And the Bible is full of examples when the impossible turns possible." Wow, now I know why Scomo is miraculously hanging on, though he should have been booted out long ago... Football being an intellectual game, I could not refrain from adding my two bobs worth... The Vatican (see at top) is still in front, losing only by 30-nil, while this fellow really needs a MIRACLE — or bash a few heads in, QUICKLY scoring, before the end of the game... Oh and pay attention: Jesus is the guy with the beard and the sandals...

another own goal...


“It is with sadness that I inform you that Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill has resigned as General Secretary of the Conference,” Archbishop Jose Gomez wrote July 20 in a memo to U.S. bishops.

“On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill. What was shared with us did not include allegations of misconduct with minors. However, in order to avoid becoming a distraction to the operations and ongoing work of the Conference, Monsignor has resigned effective immediately,” Gomez added.

The memo came after the USCCB and Burrill were contacted by The Pillar regarding evidence of a pattern of sexual misconduct on Burrill’s part. Burrill did not respond to questions from The Pillar before his resignation was announced to bishops. 


Burrill was elected general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference in November 2020. In that role, Burrill was effectively the highest-ranking American cleric who is not a bishop. 

 A priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, he began to work at the bishops’ conference as associate general secretary in February 2016. In that capacity, the priest was charged with helping to coordinate the U.S. bishops’ response to the Church’s 2018 sexual abuse and coercion scandals.

But an analysis of app data signals correlated to Burrill’s mobile device shows the priest also visited gay bars and private residences while using a location-based hookup app in numerous cities from 2018 to 2020, even while traveling on assignment for the U.S. bishops’ conference. 

According to commercially available records of app signal data obtained by The Pillar, a mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 — at both his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned residence, as well as during USCCB meetings and events in other cities.

In 2018, the priest was a member of the USCCB’s executive staff and charged with oversight of the conference’s pastoral departments. He and several senior USCCB officials met with Pope Francis Oct. 8, 2018, to discuss how the conference was responding to ecclesiastical scandals related to sexual misconduct, duplicity, and clerical cover-ups. 

Burrill, then second-in-command at the conference, is widely reported to have played a central role in coordinating conference and diocesan responses to the scandals, and coordinating between the conference and the Vatican. 

Data app signals suggest he was at the same time engaged in serial and illicit sexual activity.

On June 20, 2018, the day the McCarrick revelations became public, the mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted hookup app signals at the USCCB staff residence, and from a street in a residential Washington neighborhood. He traveled to Las Vegas shortly thereafter, data records show.

On June 22, the mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted signals from Entourage, which bills itself as Las Vegas’ “gay bathhouse.”


The Grindr app and similar hookup apps use mobile device location data to allow users to see a listing of other nearby users of the app, to chat and exchange images with nearby users within the app, or to arrange a meeting for the sake of an anonymous sexual encounter.

Commercially available app signal data does not identify the names of app users, but instead correlates a unique numerical identifier to each mobile device using particular apps. Signal data, collected by apps after users consent to data collection, is aggregated and sold by data vendors. It can be analyzed to provide timestamped location data and usage information for each numbered device. 

The data obtained and analyzed by The Pillar conveys mobile app data signals during two 26-week periods, the first in 2018 and the second in 2019 and 2020. The data was obtained from a data vendor and authenticated by an independent data consulting firm contracted by The Pillar.

The Pillar correlated a unique mobile device to Burrill when it was used consistently from 2018 until at least 2020 from the USCCB staff residence and headquarters, from meetings at which Burrill was in attendance, and was also used on numerous occasions at Burrill’s family lake house, near the residences of Burrill’s family members, and at a Wisconsin apartment in Burrill’s hometown, at which Burrill himself has been listed as a resident.




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