God help us, the cops have raided the Vatican

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God help us, the cops have raided the Vatican

First it was the choir, now police have seized equipment from maintenance department in corruption crackdown

Nick Squires

Vatican police have seized computers and files from a 500-year-old department that looks after the bricks and mortar maintenance of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, amid the latest claims of financial skulduggery within the Holy See.

Pope Francis vowed to clean up the Vatican’s opaque and frequently corrupt finances when he was elected in 2013, after the unprecedented resignation of Benedict XVI.

But in a new move against crime, officers from the tiny city state’s police force raided the offices of the Fabbrica di San Pietro, which was founded in 1523 by Pope Clement VII, before the building of the basilica began...

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