Focus moves from head of Council

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, has been dropped from a criminal investigation.

An Italian investigating judge has ruled that the Vatican’s lead organiser of Philadelphia’s World Meeting of Families had been “completely un-involved” in a scheme to buy and then profit from the sale of a 14th-century Italian castle.

In 2010, when the archbishop headed the diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia, the town of Narni had sold the castle, formerly a Franciscan monastery, 1.76 million euro, and an investigation was opened into the property deal three years later.

A warrant was issued against the archbishop and two diocesan officials in May of this year, but after documentation proved Dr Paglia’s lack of involvement the public prosecutor asked that  the archbishop be dismissed from the investigation.