Press Release of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu:
In face of the press campaign that, since last September 24, L’Expresso,” has conducted seamlessly in relation to my person with a series of accusations, all absolutely without foundation, I have filed civil action through the law firm Callipari del Foro of Verona, for compensation of the enormous damages suffered.
The documentation presented to the Court proves the absolute groundlessness of the reconstructions published on several occasions by the said weekly. The right-duty to inform has nothing to do with what was written in my confrontations, in a crescendo of distortions of the reality that have deliberately massacred and deformed my image as man and as priest.
For this reason, also in light of the extreme gravity of the unfounded accusations, he who made himself protagonist of these divulgations will have to respond to them before the judges. Moreover, he will respond for having made me appear as being “investigated” without my ever having received a judicial communication either from the Vatican justice or the Italian. He will answer for having accused me of deplorable conduct that I, also with documentation, have dismantled one by one, beginning in fact with that very painful one of having diverted funds of the Church and of the faithful, in favour of members of my family. Up to the imaginative plot against Cardinal Pell, with illegal interferences aimed at conditioning his trial — all false.
In face of the planetary damage that these eccentric “inquiries” have done to my person and, what is more important, to the whole Church, a request has been put forward for a substantial compensation to be donated entirely for charitable works.
I will continue to serve the Church and to be totally faithful to the Holy Father and to his Mission, but I will spend all my residual energy so that, also for their protection, the truth is re-established through the judicial assessments that I have promoted and that I will be constrained to promote eventually, also in criminal proceedings, through lawyer Fabio Viglione, where grave and defamatory mystifications of the reality should continue on my account.
Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu
Vatican City, November 18, 2020