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Vatican to judge hospital officials for diversion of pediatric funds

The doors of the civil court of the Vatican City State will soon be reopened. Thus, all eyes will be focused on the ex-president and the ex-treasurer of the Bambino Gesu Hospital foundation, who have been charged with diversion of funds.  

Giuseppe Profiti and Massimo Spina are accused of having taken 422,000 euros from the foundation to restructure Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's attic.  

The court has stated that the apartment had nothing to do with the foundation, but they made this renovations to benefit a Roman builder.  

The main accused said it was an investment for the hospital, because the cardinal's private apartment was to host high-level meetings seeking donations.  

The first hearing will be on July 18, and if they do not appear, they will be judged in contempt, as an act of disregarding the court authority.  

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is not on the list of those involved. He says he was not aware of the operation. In addition, in December 2015, he acknowledged that the pediatric hospital was harmed and pledged to donate 150,000 euros, which he is paying in installments.

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