Disgusting, that is all I can say about media reports that the Vatican accepted a one billion dollar payment from a notorious mobster's widow to allow his interment at the 6th century Basilica of St Apollinare next to popes and cardinals.
Enrico De Pedis, the former boss of Rome's notorious Magliana gang was shot dead in 1990. De Pedis, name on the the £12,000 tomb is spelt in diamonds!
He and his gang controlled the lucrative drug market in Rome and
were also rumored to have a 'free hand' because of their links with
police and Italian secret service agents The dirty money was used for missions and to restore the Basilica.
De Pedis is linked to the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican bank official, who disappeared in 1983. It is rumored that her remains may be found in the De Pedis' tomb. The Vatican recently finally gave into the mounting pressure, and has announced that de Pedis’ grave will be opened to once and for all prove or dispel the rumors.
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
It certainly has a Dan Brown and Mario Puzo feel to it!