Last October, now-former Cardinal & Prefect of Congregation for the Causes of Saints Angelo Becciu was connected to ongoing financial investigations at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State which found “serious indications of embezzlement, fraud, abuse of office, money laundering and self-money laundering.”
Yesterday, the Holy See Press Office announced Becciu had resigned from the cardinalate and as prefect:
“Today, Thursday, 24 September, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected with the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.”
However, Becciu is technically a cardinal: the press release did not specifically state what “rights connected with the Cardinalate” he gave up, an extremely rare move to begin with.
The resignation is seen as unexpected and unplanned as Becciu was set to preside over the beatification of Venerable Carlo Acutis in October.
Both Becciu and the Holy See Press Office have not responded for comment for more information on the details of his resignation.
Pope Francis made Becciu a cardinal on June 28th, 2018 and he was was appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints a short time later on on August 31st, 2018.