AVATICAN OFFICIAL with a role in organizing Pope Francis' September visit to Philadelphia is under investigation in Italy.
The Italian News Agency ANSA reported that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is among 10 people under investigation over the sale of a castle in his former Diocese of Terni in central Italy. No charges have been filed.
"The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper the Independent.
Paglia leads the Pontifical Council for the Family. The office organizes the Vatican's World Meeting of Families, which this year will be in Philadelphia with Pope Francis.
Paglia said in a statement that he learned of the accusations from news reports. He says he is making himself available to prosecutors and trusts in "earthly justice."