‘The Pillar’ Editor Ed Condon says a financial corruption trial of “historical” proportions is set to resume in the Vatican with high-ranking Cardinal Angelo Becciu being one of 10 defendants.

Mr Condon said the allegations include financial crimes ranging from abuse of office to embezzlement and corruption.

“We haven’t seen, of course, a cardinal standing trial in the Vatican on financial crimes in several centuries,” he told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

“It’s, of course, massive in the contemporary sense because at risk here really is the reputation of the Vatican as a centre of finances that people can have trust in – it’s placed at the table in the sort of mature international community.

“And of course, probably the reforming legacy of Pope Francis, who has very much from his first days in office staked his papacy on bringing a bit of light and transparency to the Vatican’s somewhat labyrinthine way of doing things.”

Cardinal Angelo Becciu and the nine other defendants have insisted they are innocent.

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