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Italian 'old guard' ousted in Vatican shake-up

AFP · 5 Jun 2014, 15:49

Published: 05 Jun 2014 15:49 GMT+02:00

Juan Zarate from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, who was Bush's deputy national security adviser for counter-terrorism, will now have to enforce transparency rules for scandal-hit Vatican finances.

The three others chosen are Italian manager Maria Farina, Swiss financial consultant Marc Odendall and Joseph Pillay, who helped build up Singapore's economy as a top civil servant and businessman, the Vatican said in a statement.

Five Italian members of the body who were appointed by the pope's predecessor, Benedict XVI, were also dismissed.

A source told Vatican affairs news agency I.MEDIA that this was part of a bid by Francis to get rid of the "old guard".

Vatican finances have been hit by a series of scandals in recent years and two former directors of the Vatican bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works, are facing trial in Italy for money laundering.

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Benedict XVI and Francis have instituted a series of major reforms to clean up the bank and promote greater transparency in a bid to align the Vatican with international financial norms.

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