Banco Ambrosiano

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Banco Ambrosiano was an Italian bank which collapsed in 1982 with the suspicious death of banker Roberto Calvi. At the centre of the bank's failure was its chairman, Roberto Calvi and his membership in the illegal masonic lodge Propaganda Due (aka P2). The Vatican Bank was Banco Ambrosiano's main shareholder, and the death of Pope John Paul I in 1978 is rumored to be linked to the Ambrosiano scandal, giving one of the subplots of The Godfather Part III. The Vatican Bank was also accused of funneling covert United States funds from the Ronald Reagan administration to the Polish trade union "Solidarity" and the Contras through Banco Ambrosiano.

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