File - In this Tuesday, July 6, 2010 file photo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone celebrates a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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The Vatican Tuesday will put its past hospital president, Giuseppe Profiti, and former hospital treasurer, Massimo Spina, on trial on charges they diverted hospital donations to renovate Bertone's retirement fixer-upper.Profiti, who had been appointed hospital president by Bertone in 2008, has said the 422,000 euros in hospital foundation funds that he used to spruce up Bertone's home was an investment, since he intended to use it for fundraising events for the hospital.Whatever happened to those "third parties" is unclear, but Bertone himself spent 300,000 euros of his own money for the work on top of the 422,000 that came from the foundation.Bertone's successor as Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has said the trial is evidence of the transparency Pope Francis wants to bring to the Catholic Church's finances.Bertone's apartment is owned by the Vatican, but was assigned to Bertone for his personal use after he retired as Pope Benedict XVI's secretary of state in 2013 .In April of last year, Fittipaldi published the exchange of letters between Profiti and Bertone detailing Profiti's proposal to use the cardinal's apartment for fundraising events.
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