Italian monetary police on Tuesday arrested a lady in Milan who was paid half one million euros ($590,000) by the Vatican right into a Slovenian checking account, native media reported.
Cecilia Marogna was arrested at a buddy’s home within the northern metropolis on an Interpol warrant issued on the Holy See’s request, the web site of every day Il Corriere della Sera reported.
The 39-year-old has been dubbed the “cardinal’s girl” or the “500,000-euro girl” by journalists. And revelations about funds to Marogna have been all of the spicier for her alleged ties to espionage and discuss of shadowy Vatican energy video games.
The funds to Marogna got here from Cardinal Angelo Becciu, whom Pope Francis abruptly faraway from his position final month over suspected misuse of funds.
Showing earlier than journalists in early October along with her face hidden behind giant sun shades, Marogna mentioned the cash had lined her companies as a mediator securing the discharge of kidnapped monks and nuns in Africa and Asia.
In a number of interviews, she confirmed that the sum of 500,000 euros had been paid to her Ljubljana-based firm Logsic.
Like 72-year-old Becciu, Marogna is initially from Sardinia.
The cardinal authorised the funds to her whereas serving as quantity two within the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, which manages the Church’s huge donations.
“I did not steal a single euro,” Cecilia Marogna advised newspaper Domani of the funds made in tranches of tens of hundreds of euros.
Slightly, “I’ve a letter from the cardinal giving me the appropriate to journey and conduct diplomatic relations to assist the Church in tough areas,” she mentioned, claiming to know “senior members of the Italian secret companies”.
She advised Corriere della Sera that she is “not Becciu’s mistress”, calling herself a “political analyst and intelligence professional” with “a community of relationships in Africa and the Center East” to guard the Vatican’s representatives overseas.
A number of Italian media shops acquired nameless envelopes with particulars from the accounts of Marogna’s firm.
Investigative TV programme Le Iene broadcast a few of them exhibiting spending of 200,000 euros on luxurious merchandise, together with 12,000 euros for an armchair.
“I feel I’ve the appropriate to purchase myself an armchair in any case that work!” Marogna mentioned, claiming that she is an harmless sufferer of inner Vatican energy struggles.