- The Italian priest saying Mass in what
looked like a gold plated church near the Spanish Steps in Rome was about
to give his sermon when in stormed a street beggar screaming at the top
of his lungs.
- "Give me the money and give it to
the starving people like me. All criminals at the altar, especially you
Father with all those golden rings and chalices!" cried the street
person in Italian, as several church ushers rushed to remove him from the
- While being pushed out of the Church
like a piece of garbage, he made one last plea to those attending Holy
Sunday Mass. "Don't give him the money, please don't give it him!
I need to eat. So do many others. All they do here is steal your money
while many die in the streets.!"
- The incident occurred on a bright sunny
summer morning in 1982 at a time when the Vatican Bank was entangled in
Italy's biggest financial scandal in its history, involving high ranking
Vatican figures, the P2 Masonic Lodge, the Mafia and corrupt politicians
- And it was a time - especially in Rome
and behind the Vatican walls - when all the bigwigs were covering their
dirty tracks, covering trails that most likely led to the untimely death
of Pope Paul I, Bank of Ambrosian chairman, Roberto Calvi, financier Michael
Sindona and the looting of billions of dollars from Vatican bank coffers.
- The murders and the whereabouts of the
stolen money still remain a mystery today, but the incident with the street
beggar in the small Rome Church said it all.
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