Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
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The Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (Italian: Amministrazione del Patrimonio della Sede Apostolica, abbreviated APSA) is the office of the Roman Curia that deals with the "properties owned by the Holy See in order to provide the funds necessary for the Roman Curia to function" (Pastor Bonus, 172). It was established by Pope Paul VI on 15 August 1967.
According to a Catholic News Service (CNS) online news release article by Cindy Wooden, dated and accessed on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), in order to meet reform and transparency goals set by Pope Francis and a commission of Cardinals formed by him in July of 2013 (namely, the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See), has announced that it is forming a supervisory board. It is unclear what responsibilities or powers they will have; they are five chosen lay commissioners of APSA with expertise in real estate, banking, and investments. Further, in keeping with the recommendations, which were suggested by Moneyval, the Promontory Financial Group has been chosen to conduct an independent "due diligence" review, which it is already doing for the separate IOR, the Vatican Bank.
It is composed of two sections. The Ordinary Section continues the work of the Administration of the Property of the Holy See (Italian: Amministrazione dei Beni della Santa Sede), a commission that Pope Leo XIII set up in 1880, initially as an advisory body, and to which in 1891 he gave direct responsibility for administering the property remaining to the Holy See after the complete loss of the Papal States in 1870. The Extraordinary Section administers the funds given by the Italian government to implement the Financial Convention attached to the Lateran Treaty of 1929. Before the establishment of the APSA, these latter funds were managed by the Special Administration of the Holy See.
It is distinct from the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
It is quite distinct from the Institute for Works of Religion, commonly called the "Vatican Bank".
An organizational chart of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, with the names of its senior officials, is given on the website of the Holy See, which also gives the regulations that govern its functioning.
The present heads ("Delegates") of the two sections are Massimo Boarotto for the Ordinary Section and Paolo Mennini for the Extraordinary.
Assets of the Extraordinary Section
The assets entrusted to the Extraordinary Section were initially 750 million Italian lire (at that time equivalent to 8,152,000 pounds sterling) in cash and 1000 million Italian lire (at that time equivalent to 10,869,000 pounds sterling) in Italian State bonds, an amount less than Italy would have paid under the Law of Guarantees of 1871, if the Holy See had accepted this.
According to an article by David Leigh in the Guardian newspaper, a 2012 report from the Council of Europe identified the value of a section of the Vatican's property assets as an amount in excess of €680m (£570m); as of January 2013, a papal official in Rome named Paolo Mennini manages this portion of the Holy See's assets—consisting of British investments, other European holdings and a currency trading arm. The Guardian newspaper described Mennini and his role in the following manner: "... Paolo Mennini, who is in effect the pope's merchant banker. Mennini heads a special unit inside the Vatican called the extraordinary division of APSA – Amministrazione del Patrimonio della Sede Apostolica – which handles the so-called "patrimony of the Holy See"."
List of Presidents
- Amleto Giovanni Cicognani (7 May 1968 - 30 Apr 1969)
- Jean-Marie Villot (30 Apr 1969 - 28 Apr 1979)
- Giuseppe Caprio (28 Apr 1979 - 30 Jan 1981)
- Agostino Casaroli (30 Jan 1981 - 8 Apr 1984)
- Agnelo Rossi (8 Apr 1984 - 6 Dec 1989)
- Rosalio José Castillo Lara (6 Dec 1989 - 24 Jun 1995)
- Lorenzo Antonetti (24 Jun 1995 - 5 Nov 1998)
- Agostino Cacciavillan (5 Nov 1998 - 1 Oct 2002)
- Attilio Nicora (1 Oct 2002 - 7 July 2011)
- Domenico Calcagno (7 July 2011 - )
- Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (A.P.S.A.)
- Annuario Pontificio 2012 (ISBN 978-88-209-8722-0), p. 1847. The same text is given on the website of the Holy See
- Pollard, 2005, p. 200.
- The Times, 12 February 1929, "End of Roman Question".
- David Leigh (21 January 2013). "How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolini's millions". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 January 2013.