"......In 1932 the Jesuits purchased the Italian mines of mercury and till some years ago they controlled nearly all the world market of mercury.
In the second world war the Jesuit order supplied both fronts of the war with this mineral so important for the industry of the weapons. The Spanish companies supplied the allies and Russia, the Italian companies supplied the German military industry......"
[from an article der Spiegel/L'Espresso appeared in 1958]
"Der Großaktionär/The major shareholder"
“............The rising of the Vatican as one of the most important financial powers of earth occurred in the last eighty years starting from Leo XIII who was a genie of the finance who linked the church with the modern capitalism.........The expropriations of the wealth of the church in consequence of the Italian Unification were an hard hit to Rome. Leo XIII founded in 1878 the property administration "Beni Stabili" with which the finance of Romish church was soon saved........The successors Pious X and Benedict XV again pulled the church in financial difficulty from where was saved by Pious XI...........Pious XI founded the "Special Administration" of the Holy See to manage two billion liras Mussolini gave to the Vatican with the Lateran agreements of 1929. "Beni Stabili" administered the properties and the "Special Administration" the shares owned by the Vatican............Another economic institution was founded, the "Opera Religiosa" ("religious work"), the Vatican bank. It works with the Swiss Kreditanstalt of Zurich, of which the Jesuits should own shares. An employee of Kreditanstalt is always present in the rooms of Opera Religiosa in Rome.............The account N.1 of Opera Religiosa belong to the pope. The offers of the faithful are gathered in this bank account. The Opera Religiosa has the advantage of the secrecy as the Italian fiscal authority has no power in the Vatican territory............Many important persons use the Opera Religiosa for this reason, in order to escape the Italian fiscal authority. At the stock exchange of Rome is told that the Italian royal house moved considerable wealth in the foreign land of Vatican in 1942 using the Opera Religiosa bank............Together with the shares worth of billions owned by the Vatican it must be added the amount of the wealth owned by the religious orders and are not completely controlled by the Vatican. At the top of the owners of shares there is the Jesuit order, whose participation is calculated to amount to five billion dollars.............The influence of the Jesuit order in the American financial world became visible for the first time about fifty years ago, as the Italian financier A. P. Giannini founded the bank of California with the money of the [Jesuit] order. Then the name of the bank was changed in Bank of America. Today the Jesuits owns the 51 (fifty one) percent of the Bank of America...............The Jesuits funded in San Francisco another Italian financier, the Sicilian Antonio Di Giorgio whose fruit company has political influence. He owns plantations in South America and a fleet of more than 100 (one hundred) ships...................The Jesuits owns shares of the steel company Republic Steel and National Steel. They have shares in the most important military airspace companies as Boeing, Lockheed, Douglas and Curtiss-Wright. They control the oil company "Phillips Oil Co." and the "Creole Petreoleum Co." who owns concessions in Venezuela.........................Till American companies in the last years introduced the market competition, the Jesuits owned the monopoly of mercury. In 1923 they purchased the whole shares of the famous Spanish company of mercury mines of Almada owned by the Banco Hispano-Americano of Madrid.............In the purchase of those shares they won even the competition with the big chemical corporation Du Pont who wanted too purchase the shares of the mercury mines. The founder of Du Pont corporation Alfred II du Pont said that he got “an important lesson”, i.e. “never to quarrel with a priest, especially if he is a Jesuit priest”............In 1932 the Jesuits purchased the Italian mines of mercury and till some years ago they controlled nearly all the world market of mercury. In the second world war the Jesuit order supplied both fronts of the war with this mineral so important for the industry of the weapons. The Spanish companies supplied the allies and Russia, the Italian companies supplied the German military industry............The Jesuits owned in French shares of Peugeot, Citroen and "Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas". Futher shares in French, Belgium, Holland as for example the Schneider-Creusot and they control the casinò of Ostenda. In French the Jesuits had influence in the Pariser Bancque Francaise et Italienne pour l'Amérique du Sud whose control board see the name of baron Nogara. With this bank they control the coffee market in South America and the New York coffe trade exchange............Practically the wealth of the Jesuits is for a great part in the hands of their American brothers, who are from the economical point of view independent from Rome. The Jesuits don't want to let the Vatican to control their bills. In the last consistory there was a certain tension as the Vatican tried to extend the control also to their wealth.................But the eight thousands of Jesuits have the American bishops on their side therefore they can still refuse to be submitted to the control of the Vatican. It is clear why of this power in front of the Mother House: only from the New York archbishopric it comes in the Vatican bank more money than from all the European Catholics.….......”