The Vatican police raided the department responsible for maintenance and restoration in St. Peter’s Basilica, seizing documents and computers for an investigation into the alleged corruption.
Tuesday’s raid was similar to last October’s which involved another investigation into a separate department about buying a building in London.
A statement from the Vatican press office says that the material has been seized by the technical and administrative offices of the Fabbrica di San Pietro.
Vatican magistrates ordered the raid following a tip from the auditor general’s office, the statement said, without giving details.
The statement states that Pope Francis has appointed a temporary commissioner for the department.
The commissioner had the task of reorganizing the department and updating its statutes in the wake of a papal document of June 1st which introduced radical new rules for procurement and expenses to reduce the risk of corruption in the awarding of contracts.
The statement specifically mentioned the new rules, which suggested that Tuesday’s raid might have to do with awarding a contract.
The department is currently overseeing the restoration of the basilica’s dome, which has recently been partially covered with scaffolding.