Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Vatican bank director and deputy step down

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Vatican City, July 2 - Vatican bank head Paolo
Cipriani and deputy director Massimo Tulli resigned on Tuesday
following the arrest of a top Catholic prelate last Friday.
Recently appointed president, Ernst von Freyberg, will
fill in for Cipriani as Vatican Bank head, known as the Istituto
per le Opere Religiose (Institute for Religious Works, IOR).
"After many years of service, the two decided it would be
in the best interest of the institute and of the Holy See," said
a Vatican release.
The resignations of Cipriani and Tulli follow the arrest
of Msgr Nunzio Scarano, who was suspended a month ago from his
job as head of analytic accounts at the Holy See's
asset-management agency APSA when police started sifting through
his assets because of his suspiciously large financial holdings
and artistic trove.
Scarano was arrested on suspicion of planning to elude
customs controls along with Giovanni Maria Zito, a recently
transferred agent in the AISI domestic intelligence agency, and
financial broker Giovanni Carenzio.
Cipriani was investigated in 2010 together with former
IOR President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on suspicion of failing to
observe Italian money-laundering laws.
IOR, to which APSA is indirectly linked, said it would
launch an internal inquiry "in line with the zero-tolerance
policy promoted by (new) president Ernst von Freyberg".
German aristocrat and industrialist von Freyberg, appointed
in February by Pope Benedict XVI in one of his last official
acts as pontiff, last month vowed to bring greater transparency
to IOR's dealings.

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