The British newspaper The Guardian has accused the Vatican of purchasing real estate with the money of the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. According to the paper, among other things the Holy See through a series of shell companies owned office buildings in the area of St. James in London.
Purchased them in 2006 for 15 million pounds. Legal control over facilities owned by a Swiss company, which is owned by the Vatican. In addition, according to the Guardian, also bought property in France and Switzerland.
Back in the 40's. firm suspected of operations against those of the Allies. The official Vatican representative in London declined to comment on the findings of the newspaper.