EMBATTLED MALI BISHOP JEAN ZERBO VOWS TO BE AT CEREMONY MAKING HIM CARDINALby Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • June 27, 2017
Abp. Jean Zerbo is being accused of laundering 12 million euros through a Swiss bank account
VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Mali prelate is confirming he’ll be attending the Wednesday ceremony in Rome elevating him to the rank of cardinal, even while explosive allegations are swirling that he embezzled millions of euros and stashed them in a foreign bank account.
The Vatican confirmed Tuesday that Abp. Jean Zerbo of Bamako plans on making it to St. Peter’s Basilica, where he and four other bishops will be receiving the red hat.
Only days after Pope Francis’ announcement in May that Mali would be getting its first cardinal, Zerbo was accused of embezzling 12 million euros and stashing them in Swiss bank accounts.