Vatican official admits past hospital problems

2017-07-04 22:30
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. (Alessandra Tarantino, AP)

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. (Alessandra Tarantino, AP)

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Vatican City - The Vatican secretary of state is acknowledging there were past problems at "the pope's hospital" for children, but says the new administration is currently making a "serious effort to resolve them".

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said some of the problems identified by current and former staff in 2014 were "truly unfounded".

But responding to an Associated Press investigation on Tuesday, he said that for the problems that were verified, "there was an attempt, and there is currently an attempt and serious effort to resolve them".

Parolin was responding to an AP Press report that found that under its previous 2008-2015 administration, the mission of Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital had shifted to focus on profits over caring for young patients.

A Vatican-commissioned report came to that conclusion in 2014 after a three-month investigation, although a subsequent three-day Vatican probe found the hospital was in many ways "best in class". 

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