Vatican Police Raid Basilica Offices in Corruption Probe

VATICAN CITY—Vatican police on Tuesday raided the office that manages St. Peter’s Basilica, seizing documents and electronic equipment as part of an investigation into possible corruption in procurement practices.

The extraordinary raid comes a month after the Vatican published new procurement rules intended to prevent corruption and cut costs. The Holy See Press Office said Tuesday that police had acted under orders from Vatican prosecutors in response to a report by the city state’s auditor general.

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