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Vatican Bank involved in suspicious transaction

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Vatican City, May 22 - The Vatican Bank was
involved in one of the six transactions flagged by the Holy
See's financial watchdog last year, the director of the
Financial Information Authority (AIF) said Wednesday .
Commenting on an annual report, Rene' Bruelhart did not
specify on the contents of the transaction, beyond that it was
not tied to terrorism.
The Holy See has been trying without success to join the
'white list' of states that meet international standards on
combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
In a report last July, the Council of Europe's Moneyval
department said that the Holy See had made progress on financial
transparency, but added that more reforms were needed.
Established by Benedict XVI in 2010, the AIF is charged
with monitoring the commercial and monetary activities of
Vatican agencies, such as the Governorate of Vatican City State
and the Vatican Bank, also known as the Institute for Religious
Works (IOR).
Over the years the Vatican Bank has acquired a murky image
on transparency.
Bruelhart said a "deep screening process" was "in the
works" to identify all of its clients.
"In the coming months we will have the results," he said.
Other efforts to make IOR more transparent include a move
to publish its balance sheets online by the end of the year.

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