Bishop diverted millions from calamity victims

Paranaque Bishop Jesse Mercado is accused of diverting multi-million donations for calamity victims into investment accounts. Priests and lay leaders has asked the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines to investigate. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppi Pinto says he will refer the complaint to the Curia in Rome. Church law states donations must be used for their intended purpose. Funds collected for victims of Typhoon Ondoy, the Haiti eathquake, Typhoon Sendong, and the Muntinlupa fire were either not fully remitted or not remitted at all.


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