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Vatican investigates funding of work at Cardinal Bertone’s apartment

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, walks during the Good Friday service in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Vatican judicial authorities are investigating the former president and former treasurer of its Bambino Gesu paediatric hospital in a case involving the financing of renovations at the Vatican apartment where Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone lives.

Giuseppe Profiti, former hospital president, and Massimo Spina, the former treasurer, are under investigation, said Greg Burke, assistant director of the Vatican press office.

Cardinal Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, is not under investigation, Burke told reporters.

Profiti resigned in January 2015 amid rumours that a significant amount of money from the foundation supporting the child’s hospital was used to help finance the remodelling of Cardinal Bertone’s Vatican apartment.

Mariella Enoc, current hospital president, told reporters in December: “Cardinal Bertone never directly received money (from the hospital’s foundation), but recognised that we suffered a loss and, therefore, assisted us with a donation of 150,000 euros”, about $170,000.

Emiliano Fittipaldi, a journalist on trial at the Vatican for publishing allegedly stolen Vatican documents, wrote in the Italian magazine Espresso that the total cost of combining and remodelling two apartments was almost $480,000.

Cardinal Bertone has repeatedly disputed reports about the size of the apartment and its cost, and he has insisted that he personally paid the Vatican, which owns the apartment, for the work done.