Pope Francis has called Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga to reassure him after the cardinal was accused of financial mismanagement.
Vatican News, the Vatican’s official media outlet, reports that Pope Francis told Cardinal Maradiaga: “I am sorry for all the evil they have done against you, but do not worry.” The cardinal reportedly responded: “Holiness, I am at peace – at peace because I am with the Lord Jesus who knows everyone’s heart.”
The allegations were published last week in Italian magazine L’Espresso. Investigative journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote that allegations include large payments from a Catholic university, failed investments and payments by a Honduran bishop to an “intimate friend.”
Cardinal Maradiaga is one of the most high-profile and influential Latin American bishops, and was chosen by Pope Francis to chair the “C9” council of cardinals to lead reforms of the Curia.