Pope Francis’ foundation under fire over embezzlement allegations

(PanAm Post) Scholas Ocurrentes, an education non-profit started by Pope Francis with presence in 190 countries, is in the public eye since Argentinean journalists revealed irregularities in its workings.

On July 3, Journalism for Everyone, a popular TV show of investigative journalism, pointed out irregularities in the construction of Scholas’ local branch in Argentina.

Argentinean journalist Jorge Lanata revealed that, during former President Cristina Kirchner‘s rule, the Planning Ministry financed the works to the tune of ARS$10 million (US$663,400).

However, the building, which should have been finished nine months ago, is only 40 percent complete and the expenses already exceed the budget.

The president of Scholas Ocurrentes, José María del Corral, said he was not aware of the building’s construction and claimed he was even asking the current Macri administration help to build one.

But the Sunday TV show aired images of a half-finished building with a sign clearly indicating the construction of Scholas Ocurrentes’ headquarters.

Furthermore, the former Planning Minister, Julio de Vido, had publicly announced the construction as part of the state program “Enamorar,” a AR$260 million (US$17.2 million) investment that also included other buildings and artistic and educational projects. [More]

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