Vatican Court Convicts Ex-Hospital President
Found guilty of using $500K in donations to renovate cardinal's flat
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 14, 2017 11:47 AM CDT
This April 1, 2016 file photo shows a view of the Bambino Gesu' pediatric hospital in Rome.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – A Vatican court has convicted the former president of the pope's children's hospital of abuse of office for diverting $500,000 in donations to renovate a cardinal's flat and sentenced him to a suspended one-year sentence, the AP reports. The court on Saturday absolved the former treasurer of the Bambino Gesu children's hospital. The case was notable in that neither the cardinal who benefited from the renovation nor the contractor who was apparently paid twice for doing the work was put on trial. The original charges against ex-hospital president Giuseppe Profiti had been embezzlement. But the court convicted him of the lesser offense of abuse of office.

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