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Pope: Becciu out of Cause Santi and the cardinalate


Bergoglio's shock decision. The effects of the London affair (ANSA)

The 'bomb' in the Vatican explodes at dinner time, with the release of a, to say the least unexpected, Bulletin of the Vatican Press Office.

"Today, Thursday 24 September, the Holy Father

accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

and from the rights connected to the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu".

The communication, unusually widespread in the evening, does not report anything else.

And according to what has been learned, the Pope's decision was communicated just shortly before by Bergoglio himself to Becciu in a shock-hearing audience.

It is the first time since Bergoglio was pontiff that a cardinal of the Curia renounces

, in addition to the office in his own Dicastery, the "rights" connected to the cardinalate.

Angelo Becciu, created a cardinal by Pope Francis himself, did not have time to return to his apartment tonight as the news of his "resignation" had already been officially published with the bulletin of the press room.

Becciu, after a career as apostolic nuncio, was for a long time Substitute in the Secretariat of State and at the age of 70 he received the cardinal's hat from Francis, as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

His sensational resignation, about which no other official communications are currently available, cannot fail to be connected with the affair of the prestigious property of the Secretariat of State in London, in Sloane Avenue, whose purchase had been started in the period in which Becciu himself was number two in the most important dicastery of the Roman Curia, and on which an investigation by the Oltretevere magistracy has been underway for some time.

Source: ansa

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