The Vatican and its financial entities transferred $1.7 billion to Australia since 2014, TheAustralian.com.au reported (December 21).
The transfer happened through more than 400,000 transactions without the knowledge of the Australian bishops. 5% of the total could belong to an annual fund for charities. The sums are in million US Dollar
The newspaper refers to official documents from Austrac, the Australian financial crime regulator. The recipients of the money were not disclosed.
Anonymous sources noticed that the transfers accelerated during the unjust investigations against Cardinal Pell. They peaked when he was side-lined as the Vatican's Prefect of the Economy.