But the cardinal, 72, told Italian website Domani he was being forced out because he was suspected of giving Church money to his brothers. "I didn't steal even one euro. I am not under investigation but if they send me to trial, I will defend myself," he was quoted as saying. "I said to the Pope: why are you doing this to me, in front of the whole world?"
Cardinal Becciu: Vatican official forced out in rare resignationCardinal Becciu unexpectedly leaves his post, revealing he was told to do so by Pope Francis.