Vatican allegations in full

2 Letters and memos used in the book appear to show that Cardinal Bertone tried to thwart efforts to target corruption, nepotism and cronyism within the city state.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a senior member of the Vatican administration, discovered that it was wasting millions of euros in overpaying for goods and services.

He found, for instance, that the Vatican had paid an exorbitant 550,000 euros in 2009 for the traditional Nativity figures that are set up in St Peter’s Square at Christmas, when they should have cost around half that.

Despite his efforts to reform the Vatican administration, Cardinal Bertone had him removed from his post.

3 Cardinal Bertone was also accused of impeding efforts to improve transparency within the Vatican’s bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion.

He was reportedly instrumental in having the head of the bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, removed from his post in May.

Mr Gotti Tedeschi’s mission was to get the Vatican onto a “white list” of financially transparent states, but tensions grew after Cardinal Bertone reportedly resisted the reforms and pushed for a new transparency law to be watered down.

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