ITALIAN law enforcement agencies are investigating death threats made to Pope Francis, Reuters news agency reports.
Aug. 9, 2021
2 min read
Pope gets death threats
Metro Radio Podcast
Catch our weekly audio broadcast every Friday only on Metro Radio Podcast News.listen now
Milan police have confirmed that an envelope containing three bullets, addressed to 'The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter's Square, Rome' was sent to the Vatican.
The police say the suspicious package was intercepted by staff at a mail sorting facility before it reached the Pope and had been sent from France.
The police further show that the bullets are believed to be for a pistol while the envelope also contained a message alluding to financial operations at the Vatican.
Representatives of the Holy See are yet to comment and an investigation is ongoing.
This comes shortly after the 84 year-old Pope was released from hospital for a major surgery and publicly committing himself to cleaning up the Vatican’s controversial financial arrangements.
He has been taking time off from some official duties after undergoing his first major medical treatment since becoming Pope in 2013.
On July 27, a trial got under way in which 10 people, including a senior cardinal, have been indicted over allegations of mishandling of Vatican funds.
Enjoy our daily newsletter from today
Access exclusive newsletters, along with previews of new media releases.
The multi-million euro scandal revolves around the purchasing of a luxury property in London.
According to Reuters, the indictment revealed as part of the process showed Pope Francis gave his personal approval for the trial against senior figures to commence.
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 73, is the most senior cleric to face trial for alleged financial crimes.
He is charged with spending over 600 million in Rands of church money on a botched deal to buy a property in Chelsea that incurred huge losses.
A two-year investigation exposed how the Vatican lost millions of euros, including donations from worshippers, after buying a former Harrods warehouse in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, in 2014. The cardinal was formerly in charge of donations at the secretariat which handles Vatican funds.