On 22 June, the Religious News Service reported that judges have announced that the prosecution and defendants in the case plan to call more than 200 witnesses in a trial that has already taken nearly a year, since starting in July 2021, to get through 10 defendants. At the heart of the case is the controversial purchase by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State of a property in London, which according to Vatican prosecutors cost the church €350 million, drawn in part from donations to a papal charity called Peter’s Pence.
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