As Christians celebrate Maundy Thursday, the Vicar of Rome, Pope Francis, has reunited with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, whom he fired last September on the accusations of graft and nepotism.
Becciu confirmed the reunion, telling Italian reporters that the Holy Thursday Mass held in the chapel of his apartment in the Vatican.
In a phone call with Reuters, an aide to the Cardinal Becciu, Father Angelo Sceppacerca, also confirmed the meeting.
In September 2020, Becciu was fired on accusations of embezzling Vatican funds, such as using church money to invest in a luxury building in central London.
Before his sack, Becciu headed the Vatican department in charge of conferring Roman Catholic sainthood on deserving figures.
His sack also deprived him of his rights as cardinal, including participation in a conclave to elect a new pope.
Becciu has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
Although not yet charged with any crime, he is under investigation.
Pope Francis typically celebrates Holy Thursday mass publicly, in line with Catholic tradition.
However, this year he delegated the task to the dean of the college of cardinals, Giovanni Battista Re, who led a service in the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome.
Keeping to coronavirus regulations, attendance was restricted.