Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees


              FILE - New Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu leaves after receiving the red three-cornered biretta hat from Pope Francisduring a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, June 28, 2018. The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida linked militants. According to Prosecutor Angelo Diddi, Becciu and a family associate secretly recorded Francis on July 24, 2021, three days before the Vatican trial opened, when Becciu spoke to him by phone from his Vatican apartment. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Francis attends his general audience in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022 when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida linked militants. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees