“Look at the children,” Francis said. “And let each one of us think: ‘Can I make corrupt business off these children? No!’”
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hospital put kids at riskWhen doctors and nurses at the Vatican's showcase children's hospital complained in 2014 that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored, the Vatican responded by ordering up a secret in-house investigation. Three years later, an Associated Press investigation found that Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) Pediatric Hospital did indeed shift its focus in ways big and small under its past administration, which governed from 2008 to 2015 . As the hospital expanded services and tried to make a money-losing Vatican enterprise turn a profit, children sometimes paid the price.Some of the issues – such as early awakening and the focus on profits – had been identified in 2014 by the Vatican-authorized task force of current and former hospital doctors, nurses, administrators and outsiders, who spent three months gathering information and interviewing staff off campus.The AP reviewed medical records, civil court rulings, hospital and Vatican emails, and five years of union complaints.Founded in 1869 to treat poor children, Bambino Gesu was donated to the Vatican in 1924 and is now the main pediatric hospital serving southern Italy.Other task force members went over Masotti's head and met in September 2014 with Vatican money czar George Pell, delivering a memo warning that "risky conditions" in the hospital still persisted.
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