In April 2006, a remarkable letter came to light.
The typewritten note was sent to Pope John Paul II by Roberto Calvi ” God’s Banker” just days before he was found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge.
The letter was written on June 5, 1982.
“Holiness, a possible collapse of the Ambrosiano Bank would provoke a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions in which the Church will suffer the gravest damage.
It must be avoided at all costs.
“It was me, following the mandate of your authoritative representatives, who arranged significant financing of several countries and politico-religious associations in the East and the West.
It was me, in agreement with Vatican authorities, who coordinated across the whole of South America the establishment of numerous banking entities, mainly aimed at countering the penetration and expansion of neo-Marxist ideologies.
“It was me, finally, who is betrayed today by the very same authority for which I have always shown the utmost respect and obedience.”
The letter bore Calvi’s signature.