Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

New Vatican Bank president 'likely within next few days'

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Vatican City, February 13 - The Vatican's bank will
have a new boss within the next few days, despite the shock
created by the pope's resignation earlier this week, a spokesman
said Wednesday.
The hunt to find a replacement for the head of the
Institute for Religious Works (IOR), the official name of the
Vatican's bank, is continuing successfully, said Father Federico
Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office.
"It's likely that in the next days there will be the
appointment of the president of the IOR," Lombardi said two days
after Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign as of February
28.
"The process started a long time ago and I see no reason to
stop due to the resignation of the pope".
The IOR has been without a president since May 2012 when
its Italian head Ettore Gotti Tedeschi resigned, following a
no-confidence vote by the board of directors of the bank.
The job was temporarily filled by Vice-President Ronaldo
Hermann Schmitz.
Vatican experts have speculated that part of the reason
Gotti Tedeschi's split with the bank was over internal tensions
linked to the bank's efforts to get onto an international 'white
list' of countries which are considered to have acceptable
financial transparency laws.
The bank has in the past been linked with numerous scandals
including allegations of money-laundering.
And in recent days, Gotti Tedeschi has been questioned by
prosecutors investigating suspect operations at the troubled
Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank.
The prosecutors wanted to talk to Gotti Tedeschi about
MPS's nine-billion-euro acquisition of Antonveneta in 2008 from
Spanish bank Santander.
Gotti Tedeschi was in charge of Santander's operations in
Italy before becoming president of the IOR in 2009.

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