News Summary: Vatican official arrested

Vatican official nabbed in plot to bring 20M euro into Italy, new twist in Vatican bank probe

Associated Press

VATICAN ARRESTS: A Vatican cleric and two other people were arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland by private jet.

THE CONTEXT: It's the latest scandal to hit the Holy See and broadens an Italian probe into its secretive bank.

THE ALLEGATIONS: Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank, is accused of corruption and slander stemming from the plot and was being held at a Rome prison, prosecutor Nello Rossi told reporters.

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