Priest finds €36,000 stashed in confessional box at Rome church

Source: The Guardian

in Rome

Rome police and clergy at a church near the Vatican have been left baffled after a package containing €36,000 (£31,500) was found in a confessional box.

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Police were called to Santa Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci on Wednesday to investigate what priests originally feared might have been a bomb. They instead found wads of €50 notes hidden beneath the priest’s chair in the confessional box.

Police suspect the money may have been left by a generous benefactor or someone repentant after acquiring the cash through illicit means.

“At the moment we are not excluding any hypothesis,” Salvatore Friano, the police officer leading the investigation, told Il Messaggero.

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