UPDATE: No, He [Cardinal-Designate Zerbo] Will Be Present in Rome to Get His Red Hat Despite Accusations of Financial Machinations

UPDATE: No, He [Cardinal-Designate Zerbo] Will Be Present [in Rome to Get His Red Hat Despite Accusations of Financial Machinations]

en.news
6/27/17

Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, whom Pope Francis has named a cardinal will be present in Rome for the consistory on Wednesday, contrary to the claim of the Vatican press office, that Zerbo would remain in Mali “for health reasons” [see en.news item below]. Zerbo is the first on the list of the new cardinals and will therefore address Pope Francis during the ceremony.

Neo-Cardinal Does Not Come to Rome

en.news
6/26/17

Archbishop Jean Zerbo (73) of Bamako, Mali, whom Pope Francis has named a cardinal, will not participate in the June 28th consistory for “health reasons”, but will receive the cardinal’s biretta from the nuncio, Vida Nueva writes.

Pope Francis named on May 21st five new cardinals without consulting anybody. This caused some embarrassment after precisely Archbishop Zerbo was ten days later accused of financial machinations:

Le Monde Stirring Up Scandal Around Cardinal Elect

en.news
5/31/17

In 2007 the Mali Bishops’ Conference held 12 Million Euros in seven accounts of a bank in Geneva, Switzerland, according to bank records leaked in 2015, writes the French paper Le Monde. At the time the person responsible for the Conference’s finances was Archbishop Jean Zerbo, whom Pope Francis will create a cardinal in June. There are about 200,000 Catholics in Mali.

The general director of the tax office in Mali told Le Monde, that the accounts are not known to his office.

On May 14th, Le Monde confronted Archbishop Zerbo after a Mass. His answer, “I have a bank account in Switzerland? This means that I am rich without knowing it.” Confronted with the details he explained that “this is an old account” inherited from the religious community Missionaries of Africa. Le Monde found out that the account is still operating.

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