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FILE PHOTO: Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who has been caught up in a real estate scandal, speaks to the media a day after he resigned suddenly, in Rome, Italy, September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) – A 39-year-old Italian woman was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the Vatican’s latest financial scandal, police said.

Cecilia Marogna had worked for Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a top Vatican official who was fired by Pope Francis last month and accused of embezzlement and nepotism. Becciu has denied all

wrongdoing.

An Italian finance police official told Reuters Marogna was arrested in Milan. Italian media reports said she was arrested under an international warrant issued by Vatican magistrates.

In recent days, Italian media have run interviews in which Marogna said she had received 500,000 euros ($587,350) from Becciu to run a “parallel diplomacy” to help missionaries in conflict zones. She has denied wrongdoing in the interviews.

Her purported work for the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, where Becciu held the number two position until 2018, was not previously known.

Becciu’s lawyer Fabio Viglione, has said the cardinal knew Marogna but that his dealings with her had been “exclusively about institutional matters”.

Marogna, who like Becciu is from Sardinia, has said that the funds she allegedly received from Becciu went through a company she started in Slovenia.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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