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Did Francis Condemn an Innocent Cardinal Becciu? Twelve Hard Facts LiberoQuotidiano.it published twelve questions regarding an involvement of the Italian magazine L’Espresso in framing Cardinal …More
Did Francis Condemn an Innocent Cardinal Becciu? Twelve Hard Facts

LiberoQuotidiano.it published twelve questions regarding an involvement of the Italian magazine L’Espresso in framing Cardinal Angelo Becciu. In September, Becciu was fired by Francis for alleged embezzlement. L’Espresso is an Italian leftwing Oligarch magazine which the Vatican uses as its secular arm, and which is fed with information it receives from the Vatican’s prosecutors’ office.

L’Espresso Knew Too Much

Almost 8 hours before the meeting during which Francis fired Cardinal Becciu, L’Espresso created an Internet page with the title “Becciu has resigned.” More than two hours before the meeting, it published an Internet-page entitled “Here are the reasons why Cardianl Becciu resigned.” Nobody knows why the magazine knew these things before they actually happened.

Controversial Author

The author of the L'Espresso hit piece against Cardinal Becciu is Massimiliano Coccia. He was convicted in 2019 of "material falsehood committed in public acts", in other words, for lying. Also, in February 2019, the journalist Enrico Rufi who tragically lost a daughter, logged a complaint against Coccia in a Roman court. Coccia had created the identity of a non-existing Vatican priest through which he promised Rufi to organise for him a private encounter with Francis.

Abusive Journalist

Coccia has never been inscribed in the Italian register of journalists. For LiberoQuotidiano.it it is astonishing that L’Espresso entrusted one of the most spectacular investigations in the magazine’s history to a person who has been practising abusively as a journalist for many years. Further, before publishing his hit piece, Coccia never got in touch with Cardinal Becciu as stipulated in Article 9 of the Duties of a Journalist.

False Claim

In his hit piece, Coccia claims that Cardinal Becciu was under police investigation, but this is and was not true. LiberoQuotidiano asks L’Espresso whether it knew that Coccia was operating with this spurious statement in order to undermine Becciu's public image. For LiberoQuotidiano.it, the Coccia coup was part of a manoeuvre to cheat Francis and to eliminate Becciu from his position at the Holy See. And it was a success.