Did his struggle for basic human rights and dignity for women, homosexuals and the poor cost him his life?

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The Great Vatican Bank Scandal

1978-1982




John Paul II and Banco Ambrosiano swindled investors of hundreds of millions of dollars

to finance Contra death squads to crush the revolution of the poor in Central America.

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In November1990, a week after a leak in the London Times revealed Avro Manhattan was writing a book
linking the CIA and John Paul II to the murder of John Paul I, his wife returned from abroad to find him dead in their South Shields home.
    Manhattan's hypothesis:

The conspiracy that planned the Ambrosiano Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the murder of John Paul I.
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A Few Victims in the Bank Scandal

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Albino Luciani: John Paul I. Unlike the Polish Pope who would succeed him, he supported the revolution of the poor in Central America against the coalition of the CIA and ruling juntas. If he was successful, the United States would have been looking at a half dozen mini-Cubas sitting in its backyard.

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Roberto Calvi: President Banco Ambrosiano. wrote a letter to John Paul II on June 5 1982: "Unless the Pope satisfied the demands of investors, Calvi would expose the Pope's role in planning the bank swindle and provoke a catastrophe in which the Church would suffer the gravest of damages..." On June 17 1982, he was found hanging under a bridge in London, believed lured there by hired Mafia hitmen on guise of a Vatican deal to get him out of his predicament.*


Teresa Corrocher: Calvi's secretary. On the same day found on walk beneath her 5th floor office window.*


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* originally resolved as suicide. Later determined to be murder.

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There is always the chance of coincidence. The only two people involved in creating the letter happened to commit suicide a thousand miles apart at the same moment in time just days after John Paul II received the letter which imperiled his papacy.


             


The courts did not learn of the letter until a copy was found in Calvi's Drezzo villa the following year (Banca Italia vs. Ambrosiano '83). In the same trial, Calvi's wife Clara (Corrocher's closest friend) pointed to the top: "The Pope had my husband and Teresa killed..." 

Search Internet: Roberto Calvi Wikipedia.

 


A Few Villains in the Bank Scandal

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Paul Marcinkus: President of IOR which guaranteed  notes in the bank scandal. On his first day in office, John Paul II changed Marcinkus' reporting status directly to the papacy. The next day, the Polish Pope and Banco Ambrosiano swindled the first dollars from an investor in 'The Ambrosiano Bank Scandal'  (Latour vs. Ambrosiano tribunal Paris '83) 

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Bishop Casaroli*: President of the Vatican’s central bank. Oversaw the 'scandal' transfers to Central America. One of two bishops residing in the papal palace the night John Paul I died. Was made a cardinal and raised past two hundred others who outranked him to the top Vatican post (Secretary of State) by John Paul II.       

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Bishop Caprio*: Treasurer of the Vatican’s central bank. Handled technicalities of the bank scandal transactions. One of two bishops residing in the papal pal
ace the night John Paul I died. Made a cardinal and raised past three hundred others who outranked him to the 2nd highest Vatican post (Prefecture of Economic Affairs) by John Paul II.    

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John Paul II: In 1984, John Paul II paid the courts $241 million for a tidbit of his role in the Ambrosiano bank swindle in partial atonement of the seventh commandment 'Thou shalt not steal.' It did not atone for any role he may have played in connection with the fifth commandment 'Thou shalt not kill.
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* Casaroli and Caprio were cousins in the Gambino family. It was not unusual for Mafia family members to rise to high curial posts as they were among the largest contributors to the Church. 
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